A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about how hurricanes form and how to build a dock.
Help others, take care of the things that matter to you. Be an active part of your community.
Positive Role Models
The boy prioritizes helping his neighbors, and the adults pitch in to help and support him rebuild the dock.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hurricane, by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco (Blackout), is a beautifully illustrated, tender story about community strength and personal determination in the face of natural disaster. Young readers might not have a dock of their own, but they surely have a place that is special to them and can relate to the young boy's feelings when it's destroyed. What's lovely here is that the boy first helps his neighbors clean their street, then focuses on fixing the thing that matters most to him. The information about how hurricanes form helps set the story in motion, and the diagram for building a dock is nice for those wondering what it took to make this new favorite spot happen.
Is It Any Good?
Caldecott Honoree John Rocco's gorgeous illustrations bring readers straight to the heart of every emotion, bridging the gap between the description of a natural disaster and what readers feel. Hurricane has a tenderness throughout the story, from the personal connection the boy feels to his favorite place to the neighbors helping each other clean up and rebuild. The power and strength of community is on full display here, reminding readers young and old that they are a part of something bigger than themselves. The facts about how hurricanes form and the parts of a dock are great for curious minds.
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