By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities.
The goal of the book Time to Get Ready…A Hurricane is Coming to our Town!, by Jill Klaskin Press is, according to the blurb on the back of the book to “help explain the phenomenon of hurricanes to children ages 4-8 in a ‘grow and learn’ non-threatening way, from a child’s perspective.”
The book succeeds wonderfully, incorporating colorful illustrations of the family of four as they prepare for, stay home through, and clean up after a weak hurricane moving through their town. Important points are made about home preparation, how to stay safe while in the house, and how to handle clean-up afterward–all in simple dialogue that a child can easily understand without becoming overly afraid.
We all know that the best way to stay safe during a hurricane is to move to a safer location, and Klaskin Press made sure that to make the point that had this been a stronger hurricane that the family would have had to go to grandma’s house.
The book would be a great addition to add to the library of any family who lives in an area threatened by hurricanes, perhaps even making a reassuring bedtime story in areas where children are bombarded with threatening messages about hurricanes.
For more information, please visit the Time to Get Ready Web site.