Tornado Tamer

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Tornado Tamer
In this adaptation of The Emperor’s New Clothes, Mayor Peacock declares he will hire a tornado tamer to protect the town. After a long search, Travis arrives to fill the position and this trickster weasel has a plan. He will build a very special, transparent cover to protect the town. Travis’ magical cover is so transparent that only those smart enough and special enough can even see it. Mouse is doubtful, but his questions are brushed off. Months later, the cover has been hung and Travis has been paid a hefty sum, but a tornado is in the distance and the town is in its path. Will the magic cover protect the town?

This fictional story includes a 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 31-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Tornado Tamer is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The interactive ebook reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension. Tap animals and other things that make noise to hear their sounds.

Written by Terri Fields, Illustrated by Laura Jacques
32 pg, 8.5x10, Ages 4-8, Grades K-3, Lexile: 440
Hardcover 9781628557336 $17.95  
Paperback 9781628557404 $9.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628557473 $9.95  
EBook 9781628557688  
Spanish EBook 9781628557756  
Keywords:   natural disasters, adapted story (Emperor’s New Clothes), earth processes (fast/slow), weather-severe, tornado, weather vocabulary,
Animals in the book:   mouse, peacock, weasel
Vetters:   Thanks to Dr. Harold Brooks, Research Meteorologist with NOAA: National Severe Storms Laboratory, and Dave Williams, Chief Meteorologist at ABC's WCIV-TV (Charleston, SC), for reviewing the accuracy of the information in this book.


This is an amusing rewrite, with bright illustrations and lots of additional information in the back about weather in general and tornadoes in particular. - Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Media

From the beautiful illustrations to the magically crafted story line, Tornado Tamer is a unique and colorful book that is sure to please. - The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

I like how the animals talk. I like the picture where the weasel is really fat. The clothes the animals are wearing are funny. They are dressed like cowboys, western people. There are lots of facts and an experiment in the back. I like that! - Kids Book Buzz

Author/Illustrator Info:

Terri Fields has written nineteen books which have garnered a number of awards including the Maud Hart Lovelace Award for Middle Grades Fiction, the Georgia Children's Choice Award, being named to the Recommended Reading List for Chicago Public Schools, the TAYSHAS (Texas) Reading List, the Southwest Books of the Year List, and as one of the 100 Top Kid Picks in Children's Books in Arizona. In addition to Tornado Tamer, she has written Burro's Tortillas and The Most Dangerous for Arbordale. A long time desert-dweller, Ms Fields has enjoyed sharing her books with children all over the world. In addition to writing, Ms. Fields is also a educator who has been named Arizona Teacher of the Year, ING Education Innovator for Arizona, and been selected as one of the twenty teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team of the nation's top educators. Terri Fields has worked with students in first through twelfth grades. Ms. Fields sees the world around her in terms of the wonderful stories it reveals. Visit Terri's website.

Award-winning illustrator Laura Jacques is passionate about illustrating children's books that focus on natural history, wildlife, and environmental awareness for children. In addition to illustrating Tornado Tamer, The Most Dangerous, Baby Owl’s Rescue and Whistling Wings for Arbordale, she has also illustrated For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson, Squirrel Assist, At Home in the Rain Forest, and Wildlife Refuge: A Classroom Adventure. Her books have won several honors and awards, including "NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children" sponsored by the Children's Book Council and the "KIND Children's Book Award" sponsored by the Association for Humane and Environmental Education, a division of the Humane Society of the United States. For more information, visit Laura’s website:


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