Ready, Set . . . WAIT!
Hurricane . . . just the word brings to mind the power of these natural disasters. Humans watch the news and know of impending arrival. We board up windows and gather supplies. We might huddle in our homes or go inland. Then we wait for the storm to arrive. But what do wild animals do? Do they know when a storm is coming? If so, how do they prepare? This book explains how nine animals sense, react, and prepare for a hurricane. Based on research or observations, the brief portraits are explained in simple, poetic language for children of all ages.
Written by Patti R. Zelch
Illustrated by Connie McLennan
32 pg, 10 x 8.5, Ages 4-9, Grades PK-4
Lexile: AD 710, AR: 3.0, RC: 3.4, F&P: M
Hardcover ISBN: 9781607180722, $16.95
Paperback ISBN: 9781607180838, $8.95
Educator Keywords:   hurricane, behavioral adaptations, life science, earth science, scientific observation, chart
Animals in the book:   fish, dolphin, shark, lobster, manatee, sea gull, heron, pelican, crocodile, butterfly, rabbit
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"Ready Set Wait is a refreshingly simple story with education value that helps explain what animals do before and during a hurricane. Out of the five releases this was my 9 year old's favorite saying she "really liked the type of story, the way it was written." I think she liked the repeating phrases found throughout the book. Connie McLennan's illustrations are rich and captivating. "-Chronicles of the Earth

"This is an interesting book - all about what the animals do to prepare for hurricane. Something I have not considered before, but based on research and observations, Zelch describes what animals of all types may do when a hurricane is coming. Really an interesting read - one that kids will enjoy."-Patti R. Zelch

"This entire work is quite well researched by both author and artist. It is of course an ideal book to add to your child's library and it is also ideal for use in the public or private classroom and most certainly would be useful for home schoolers. There is a tremendous amount of information packed into this small book and it has been professionally presented. This is certainly one you will want to put on your list." -The Ozarks

Author/Illustrator Info:

Influenced by wildlife around her, Patti Zelch‘s stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. While preparing for a hurricane, her grandson asked her what wild animals would do during the storm. After much research, she learned that some wildlife seem to sense upcoming storms long before humans.Ready, Set, Wait! is the result of her research and is her debut picture book. A retired teacher, Patti and her husband split the year between southern Florida and North Carolina. Facebook Page

Award-winning illustrator Connie McLennan has been a freelance artist for over 25 years, since attending Academy of Art College in San Francisco. In addition to illustrating Ready, Set, Wait!, she has also illustrated Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls, The Rainforest Grew All Around, River Beds: Sleeping in the World's Rivers, Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean, and Octavia and her Purple Ink Cloud for Arbordale Publishing. Her studio is at her home in California, where she lives with her husband, teenage son, and one big, black cat. Visit Connie's website.

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