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 9781607180722 $16.95  
Paperback 9781607180838 $8.95  
Spanish Paperback 9781628554021 $9.95  
EBook 9781607182962 $6.95  
Spanish EBook 9781628551273 $6.95  
Keywords:   natural disasters, weather, earth systems, human activity, 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
Vetters:   Thanks to Erica Rule, Outreach Coordinator, and Neal Dorst, Research Meteorologist, both of NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, for verifying the hurricane information. And thanks to the many scientists and researchers (listed in the book's dedication) who verified the animal information.

"Clearly written and nicely illustrated with colorful paintings, this picture book will be a useful resource in hurricane-prone areas and an appealing addition to classroom units on weather."
-Carolyn Phelan for Booklist

"Colorful illustrations add accuracy to the observations of fish and lobsters seeking underwater hideaways, dolphins and sharks heading into deeper ocean waters, manatees settling near sea grassbeds, coastal birds huddling amidst mangroves as a safe refuge, and butterflies hiding in trees. Readers are “hooked” into finding out what a crocodile does for shelter and where rabbits head as a hurricane approaches. The end of this engaging book invites us to learn more about hurricanes as natural disasters—with expanded vocabulary, map skills, ways that humans prepare for storms, and what the numbers on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale mean to us...This intriguing book and website have it all! "
-Suzanne Flynn for Booklist

"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

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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