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Tornado Tamer Review by Barbette Yingstby: Terri Fields
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From the beautiful illustrations to the magically crafted story line, Tornado Tamer is a unique and colorful book that is sure to please. This book contains 32 pages and can be purchased in several different formats. Hardcover, $17.95; paperback, $9.95; Spanish paperback, $9.95; e-book, $6.95; Spanish e-book, $6.95.
Tornado Tamer is an adaptation of, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” in which Mayor Peacock declares that he will hire a tornado tamer to protect the entire town. All the animals are afraid of tornadoes and believe that the Mayor’s plan is a great one! The search goes on for quite a while before Travis the weasel shows up to tame the tornadoes. This tricky little weasel tells tall tales of his ability to craft a magic cover that is designed to protect the town. The magic cover is supposed to be lightweight, durable and transparent. He touts that only those smart and special enough will be able to see the magic cover.
Everyone in town falls for the tricky little weasel’s plan, everyone that is except for Mouse. He tries to let everyone know that this plan doesn’t sound wise, but no one will listen to him. Mouse adds a wonderful educational twist to this fun and energetic story line. He shares tidbits of knowledge about tornadoes throughout the story in hopes that they will listen to him regarding the silliness of the weasel’s plan.
After months of working on the magic cover, Travis emerges from the Mayor’s house and he is visibly fatter after eating all the town’s food. He announces that the cover is complete and asks the town’s people to help him spread it over the top of all the buildings. Of course no one could see it, but no one wanted to say that they weren’t smart or special enough to see it.
After the town is completely covered in the magic cover a tornado tears through the town and destroys everything. The town’s people are both sad and frustrated; and find that Travis the weasel is nowhere to be found.
I really enjoyed this book, and so did my 3 year old niece! I also like the underlying moral of the story that, “if it sounds too good to be true…it probably is.” That is a lesson I have learned several times in my life!
Tornado Tamer not only kept my niece’s attention, but there were also four additional pages in the book of learning activities…to include instructions on how to make your own tornado out of a bottle. She loved it all! You will want to check it out for yourself.
—Product review by Barbette Yingst, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August, 2016