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Hurricanes, a Bit of History About Katrina, and Courageous Rescue in Picture Book for Young Readers

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

History of Hurricane Katrina with Courageous Rescues in Beautiful Picture Book

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A Bit of History of Hurricane Katrina and How the Cajun Navy Came to Be

Robert Neubecker's All Hands on Deck! is a timely picture book about the historical Hurricane Katrina and how the Cajun Navy came to be. Children who may have just recently experienced the big hurricane Ida in many parts of the country will want to read the account of Katrina and compare their rescue experiences during the past week of August 2021 when Hurricane Ida struck.

Robert Neubecker dedicated his picture book to the people of New Orleans. The people of New Orleans have many kinds of boats to use for a variety of reasons. Some people have bass boats. There are tourist attractions that use airboats to take a tour of the swamps. Some people have speedboats. These boats were a source of pride when they were used to rescue thousands of people during Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane season arrived on schedule and a monster of a storm was brewing out in the ocean. The warm water of the Gulf strengthened the hurricane and it grew bigger and bigger as it approached. Some people were lucky and managed to evacuate New Orleans. Others had no resources to evacuate. Everyone knows that the levees finally broke and the water overtook the city. All of the first responders sprang into action to rescue anyone that was in peril. Firefighters, law enforcement, and the Coast Guard had to call "all hands on deck" as they became very busy in the rescue. Neubecker's character Bubba the bass boat owner had an idea of calling all of the small boats to help in the rescue. Anyone with a bass boat, speedboat, or fishing boat came together to help the first responders travel up and down the swollen flooded areas to pick up people who were on roofs, in trees, or any other place of high ground. This is the story of how the Cajun Navy came into being.

Colorful illustrations of the rescue in New Orleans tell the story of all of the people and their pets who were saved during Hurricane Katrina. Neubecker included interesting information about categories of hurricanes and added accurate information about Hurricane Katrina and the other organizations that participated in the rescue of thousands. He added information about the Cajun Navy and also included safety information for staying safe in a hurricane.

All Hands On Deck ! was published by Alfred A. Knoph, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 5-10 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-17689-4.

Colorful Cartoon-Like Illustrations Engage Young Readers in Learning About the Rescue

The monster of Hurricane Katrina

The monster of Hurricane Katrina

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Churning ocean

Churning ocean

Rescues needed

Rescues needed

Little boats gathered to rescue

Little boats gathered to rescue

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How the Cajun Navy was formed

How the Cajun Navy was formed

Bring the History of Hurricane Katrina to Life in the Classroom

I used many picture books in my early childhood classroom to teach history lessons. Young readers enjoy learning history with the use of age-appropriate materials such as picture and story books designed for their age groups.

Robert Neubecker's All Hands On Deck! is a great choice to teach the history of Hurrican Katrina and to teach children how to be safe in a hurricane.

Hurricanes will continue to be part of our world and scientists say that global warming will continue to make these storms more powerful through the coming years.

*Read All Hands On Deck! in a story time session. Call attention to the illustration of the churning hurricane.

*Call attention to the chart at the end of the story that illustrates the categories of hurricanes.

*Call attention to all of the first responders who are always involved in a rescue when people need to be helped in a hurricane.

*Have a globe available to show the major bodies of water where hurricanes form.

*Read the Hurricane Safety section that is included at the end of the story. Invite children to bring in items to simulate a disaster kit .

© 2021 Cindy Hewitt

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