Tornado Tamer (Picture Book)

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Tornado Tamer picture book |

Tornado Tamer picture book |

Tornado Tamer by Terri Fields, illustrated by Laura Jacques

Age Range: 4 – 8 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 3 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: Arbordale Publishing (February 10, 2016)


About Tornado Tamer:

In this adaptation of The Emperor s New Clothes, Mayor Peacock declares he will hire a tornado tamer to protect the town. After a long search, Travis arrives to fill the position and this trickster weasel has a plan. He will build a very special, transparent cover to protect the town. Travis magical cover is so transparent that only those smart enough and special enough can even see it. Mouse is doubtful, but his questions are brushed off. Months later, the cover has been hung and Travis has been paid a hefty sum, but a tornado is in the distance and the town is in its path. Will the magic cover protect the town?


About the Author:

Terri Fields (Burro s Tortillas, The Most Dangerous) has written nineteen books which have garnered a number of awards including the Maud Hart Lovelace Award for Middle Grades Fiction, the Georgia Children s Choice Award, being named to the Recommended Reading List for Chicago Public Schools, the TAYSHAS (Texas) Reading List, the Southwest Books of the Year List, and as one of the 100 Top Kid Picks in Children s Books in Arizona. A long time desert-dweller, Ms Fields has enjoyed sharing her books with children all over the world. In addition to writing, Ms. Fields is also a educator who has been named Arizona Teacher of the Year, ING Education Innovator for Arizona, and been selected as one of the twenty teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team of the nation s top educators. Terri Fields has worked with students in first through twelfth grades. Ms. Fields sees the world around her in terms of the wonderful stories it reveals.


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My Thoughts on Tornado Tamer:

Tornado Tamer is an adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes. A town lives in fear of being destroyed by a tornado. In order to ease the fears of the townspeople, the mayor hires a tornado tamer to erect a magical cover over the town. But the cover is so thin and light that it’s almost impossible to see or feel. Soon, a tornado is spotted heading for the town and the magical cover is put to the test.

I really enjoyed reading this book with my kids. It gave us a chance to talk about tornadoes, scam artists, and peer pressure. Not only is this book a fun story, but it also teaches kids some valuable lessons about going along with the crowd and learning to recognize a scam. It has some activities and information about tornadoes on the last two pages that tie in to the story and engage kids in learning about weather.

Source: I received a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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