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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
They have just issued a hurricane watch and Niko is curious to know what a hurricane is. Aunt Sarah tells him that it is a big storm and explains how it forms over tropical waters, like the ocean. Lily wants to know if a hurricane is like a thunderstorm and Aunt Sarah tells her that hurricanes are bigger than thunderstorms and because of that they bring stronger rains, more winds, and even flooding. Niko is excited because Uncle Brian has told him that they can help hurricane-proof the house tomorrow. Uncle Brian tells them that the hurricane warning has been upgraded and they have been asked to evacuate. Aunt Sarah tells Niko what an evacuation means. She has to go to the hospital to help. They are all ready to go to the shelter when they realize Niko's stuffed frog Dino is missing. Will they find him before going to the shelter?
Hurricane Vacation by Dr. Heather L. Beal is an informative and educational story that explains in detail about hurricanes. Children will learn all about hurricanes once they finish reading this story. The questions and activities at the end of the book make it interactive and easy for children to understand what exactly a hurricane is. Jasmine L. Mills brings the concept, the characters, and the scenes to life with her wonderful illustrations. It is a good book to use for read-aloud sessions in classrooms and children will have fun participating in the activities and questions together in the classroom. This story is the best way youngsters can learn about hurricane preparedness.