Reviews for Tornado

by Betsy Byars

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Gr. 3^-5. When a tornado is sighted, a boy's family rushes to the storm cellar. Anxious about the father, who's still in the cornfield, they listen to the storm overhead and to the stories related by their farmhand, Pete, about Tornado, the dog he knew and loved as a boy. Framed by the progress of the current twister, the five interior chapters are Tornado tales. The first concerns a storm that blew the dog and his doghouse into Pete's life; another tells of Tornado's dealings with a cat; yet another relates the dog's ability to do a card trick. One full-page, shaded pencil drawing appears in each chapter. The episodes are fairly short and the print large. The handsome illustrations by Doron Ben-Ami give the volume a more distinguished, less juvenile look than the typical chapter book and convey the story's drama, warmth, and occasional humor. Parents and teachers will find this an excellent book to read aloud, and dog lovers of any age will find it irresistible. --Carolyn Phelan


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Fiction: I Published spring 1996. When a tornado drives a farm family into the cellar to wait out the storm, Pete, the hired hand, tells stories about Tornado, a marvelous dog he had as a boy. Pete's obvious devotion to the dog and Tornado's intelligence and gentle nature make them both likable protagonists. Each short chapter includes a black-and-white illustration done with a soft focus to convey the nostalgic feel of the text. Horn Rating: Superior, well above average. Reviewed by: mvk (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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