by David Wiesner


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When a storm is raging, David and George are glad to be inside the house, snug and safe. In this spectacular picture book by Caldecott Honor recipient David Wisener, a fallen tree becomes the threshold to the limitless voyage of the imagination, which David and George share as only true friends--and brothers--can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395629741
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/24/1992
Series: Read Along Book & CD Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 341,407
Product dimensions: 10.68(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD460L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award’s history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.


Outside Philadelphia, P.A.

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1956

Place of Birth:

Bridgewater, NJ


Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Wiesner captures perfectly the aura of a giant storm from a child's perspective. A family weathers a hurricane; the next day, in the post-hurricane yard, the two boys in the family play on a great fallen elm, imagining it to be a jungle, a pirate ship, and a space ship. A handsome book, affording opportunities for sharing fears and dreams of adventure."—Copyright © 1991 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. Horn Book

"We wouldn't wish a real hurricane on children, but this book will give them a taste of the magic of the moment when the lights go out." School Library Journal, Starred

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Hurricane 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
baachan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy this Wiesner book as much as I enjoyed his other works. I didn't think that the narrative flowed very well; it felt clunky and awkward. Still, I enjoyed the illustrations and the story line had enough content to keep me interested overall--even though I didn't like the individual passages. In short, a hurricane hits two brothers' neighborhood. They have a very big, very old tree in their yard, which the hurricane brings down. The morning after the hurricane, the brothers go out and play in the downed tree--space shuttle, jungle, pirate ship--those are all the scenarios that they use the tree for. After a day of hard play, they head inside for the night, In the morning, men with chainsaws come to cut up the tree and haul it away--it fell into a neighbor's yard. However, there's still one tree left in the yard, and after a storm is predicted again, the boys watch the remaining tree to see if it will fall. This was published in 1992, and it may feel a little dated in some way: after Katrina, we've changed the way we prepare for and think about hurricanes. In conclusion: a solid piece of work--but not my favorite--Hurricane is recommended for all collections.
abruser on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Hurricane" by David Weisner is about two boys that experience a hurricane safely from inside their own home. The next day they go out into the yard and discover a fallen tree. They turn the tree into a jungle and play "safari". Though this is a great book it falls short from the other Wiesner books.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The imagination of two brothers comes to life as the play in a tree knocked over by a hurricane the night before. This felt like two different books, one about a family getting through a hurricane and one about the power of imagination, and the two don't blend together well. Not my favorite Wiesner book, though the illustrations are still outstanding.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book came with a CD for a multimedia experience. It's a story about two brothers who witness a hurricane going through their neighbourhood and how a fallen tree triggers their imagination. The illustrations were good, the story was simple but fun, but the background music on the CD was distracting, not to mention godawful and terribly dated. I'd like to say I'm not basing my rating on that, but the book minus the audio would probably have been more pleasant.
JNSelko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another magical Wiesner effort- soo-poib!
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The morning after a hurricane, two brothers find an uprooted tree which becomes a magical place, transporting them on adventures limited only by their imaginations.
ampitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
super awesome illustrations and is a good book for young ones to learn about the effects of hurricanes in a less lectured way
Mluke04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Hurricane" is a good example of realistic fiction because hurricanes are real events and this was a memory that the author had. Realistic fiction means that the story and the characters could be found in every day life. This is true of the story and characters in this book.The illustrations in this book reflect the setting and the story. They show the boys imaginations at work. The illustrations add to the story and give the reader information that is not in the text. Media: Watercolor