cover image Hurricane Watch

Hurricane Watch

Franklyn Mansfield Branley. Crowell, $12.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-690-04470-6

Astronomer Emeritus, former chairman of the American MuseumHayden Planetarium, Branley established the outstanding Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and he has written approximately 100 accessible, informative books for eager readers. The author's report on the phenomenon of hurricanes will satisfy little children who want to know what happens, and why, when the ruinous storms strike. Illustrated by Maestro's colorful and striking scenes of the hurricane's raging progress, the text explains first that winds traveling faster than 74 miles per hour cause the blows in August, September and October. There are maps and diagrams with data on winds rising to 175 mph, sea water up to 24 feet higher, houses smashed flat, trees uprooted and carried off, etc. There is advice included on listening for warnings and following safety directions well in advance of the hurricane's blast. (48)