Hurricane Sandy, she’s all over the news. As if the word “hurricane” isn’t scary enough, they’re not just calling her “Sandy”. They’re calling her a “Superstorm” and even “Frankenstorm”. Even though we don’t live in the path of Sandy here in Indiana, she’s still kind of scary. Being from Indiana, we know what it feels like to be afraid of storms because we have tornadoes here. Just like the tornadoes here, hurricanes can be less scary if we learn about them. Knowledge is power – when you understand what is going on you feel safer; confident that you know what to do.
Wherever you live, Indiana or New Jersey, it’s important to remember that there are grownups out there that know a lot about storms and how to keep people safe. Meteorologists and scientists and policemen and firemen…plus all kinds of other people who are trained to know what to do during weather emergencies. On this page are books and websites that can help you understand Sandy and hurricanes in general, as well as what can be done to keep you and the people you care about safe.
Usually, air pressure pulls hurricanes out to sea…but at this time of year, there happens to be a winter storm coming from the West and cold air coming from the North. These air pressures make Sandy come ashore instead of blowing out to sea.
The moon affects tides…today is a full moon.
Sandy is hitting in a VERY populated area – 50-60 million people could be affected
If you need to do a report about one of the countries of the world the websites and books on this page will help you get started. You will be able to find maps, flags, national anthems, food, clothing, games and more. To find library books, use the online catalog for kids Sherlock Jr.
To find a book
about a particular country, like the book on the right about Uganda, just type the name of the country in the search box in Sherlock Jr. and click “search.”
There are also country books about themes, like “games” or “festivals”, that will have information about individual countries. The book on the right, for example, is a cookbook that features recipes around the world. In books like these, indiviual countries will have a chapter or a section. Or, you might have to look up a country’s name in the index at the back of the book, to find out which page to go to.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is having a tree house built at her Edinburgh home – an awesome tree house version of Hogwarts. Take a look at these plans and pictures. I don’t think her kids are ever going to want to come in for dinner.
If you don’t quite have the kind of allowance that would make a treehouse like hers possible, try something doable like a clubhouse made out of newspapers and masking tape.
“Have you ever wondered who invented some of the items we use and depend on each day? Well take a look at this title What Color is My World?: the Lost History of African-American Inventors. Twins Ella and Herbie have just moved into an older home with their parents. The home is in need of much repair. Handy Man, Mr. Mital, is able to restore the home and pass on history to Ella and Herbie about famous inventors. Herbie gets so excited about the information that he pulls out his notebook and writes notes so that he won’t forget anything. This is an excellent source for children of all ages to learn about great inventions and inventors.”
Recommended by Denyce Malone – Flanner House Library
And to make the book even more interesting, note that it is written by the basketball legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The only sibling left in the Dickinson house In Amherst, Massachusetts, in the winter of 1849, Emily gets a dog who becomes her constant companion and who is featured in some of the poems she writes. Includes brief notes on the life and work of Emily Dickinson.
“I read this book with my great-aunt last week-end and I love it. The story, the poems and the pictures are beautiful! The story of a very large dog and a very small woman that loved to write poetry – Emily Dickinson. My favorite poem in the story is:
“Twas my one glory Let it be Remembered I was owned of thee.”
Emily and her dog, Carlo, were best friends and loved to walk and watch – flowers, frogs, everything. They were best friends! I love gardens, dogs and poems! I hope you like it too.”
Some more books you might like about the writer Emily Dickinson – her life and her poetry: