Flood Warning (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)

by Katharine Kenah (Author) Amy Schimler-Safford (Illustrator)

Flood Warning (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)

Read and find out about the different kinds of floods, how they start, and how to stay safe in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.

You are lying in bed listening to the soft sound of rain. It has been coming down for hours. Now something is changing. The rain sounds harder and louder, and there is water running down the road, which looks like a small river. What is happening? You are hearing and seeing the start of a flood.

With colorful illustrations and engaging text, Flood Warning is a fascinating look into a dangerous natural disaster. Featuring rich vocabulary bolded throughout the text, this book also includes a find out more section with instructions on how to make a rain gauge and an infographic about saving water at home. Both the text and the artwork were vetted for accuracy by Dr. Christopher Kenah, Geologist, Division of Drinking and Ground Waters, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

This is a clear and appealing science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. It's a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. The 100+ titles in this leading nonfiction series are:

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5--Accessible text explains how rain can cause overflow in rivers and lakes and, as a result, flood basements and houses. The text exudes a gentle tone; many readers across the country will already be able to identify with these scenes of floodwaters, and those who don't will have seen them on their TV screens. The abstract style of some illustrations complements the discussion of saturated ground, storm surge, flash floods, and flood plains. A few insets add contrasting information, such as how elephants feel a coming tsunami through their feet. Even the annual floods of the Nile are mentioned, with visual reference to ancient Egyptian art--an indication of the wide range of content included in this slim introduction. A flood plan and a list of emergency supplies are great additions. VERDICT A general purchase for communities interested in flood awareness.--Dorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 06, 2016
Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2
BISAC categories
JNF045000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers | Beginner
JNF051160 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Disasters
JNF037070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Water (Oceans, Lakes, Etc.)
JNF037080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Weather
Library of Congress categories
Flood damage prevention
Flood forecasting

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