Elephant Wind

A Tornado Safety Book

Children - Social Issues
28 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2017
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Author Biography

Heather Beal is a military veteran with 23 years of crisis management and operational planning experience that she draws upon daily in her battle to raise two well-prepared, happy, curious, and intelligent children. As a trained and certified emergency manager and parent, she saw the need to provide age-appropriate disaster preparedness information to young children in a way that empowered, rather than frightened, them. She is currently writing additional books to cover a greater spectrum of potential disasters children may face.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

What does a tornado look like? How does it sound? What causes a tornado? What should you do if you're in the midst of a tornado? Elephant Wind (Mom's Choice Award Winner) by Heather L Beal is an illustrated children's book that has all of the answers. Lily, Niko and their childcare class had an opportunity to experience their first science fair. They were having so much fun, until a tornado warning sounded. As their teacher, Ms. Mandy, escorted the children downstairs to the tornado shelter, they began to get curious about the tornado. There were so many questions that the children asked about the various aspects of the tornado. In this book, young readers will learn about the world of tornadoes. This book is educational and will help to enhance your child’s learning.

This book was truly engaging and entertaining as Ms. Mandy and the children begin to deeply explore the phenomenon of tornadoes. What was great was how Ms. Mandy described the shape and sound of a tornado. The clever part was to give the children a more vivid image of a tornado by comparing it to an elephant’s trunk reaching downward from the sky. I saw this as a wonderful illustration. Ms. Mandy further provided the children with safety tips when experiencing a tornado. This is an excellent book for any child to read alone or to share with others. No one can be totally prepared, but this book answers so many questions that your child will ask about the wonders of tornadoes. Enjoy!