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One lucky girl
Lyon, George Ella, 1949-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm
Even though their trailer is destroyed by a tornado, a young boy's family is grateful because they find his baby sister alive.
Reading Level:
AD 260 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 43496.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 25144 Guided reading level: J.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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No matter how bright the sun, how high the ball, Nick is there to catch it. Hawkeye, his dad calls him. Then one summer Sunday in the year 1961, the sky at the racetrack trailer park where the family lives isn't so bright--"looks funny," Nick says to his parents, and the air grows very quiet until... "Tornado!" somebody yells. The roaring air sounds like "a stampede of horses," and the trailer where Nick's baby sister, Becky, has been napping, is suddenly no longer there. it takes a "hawkeye" to see beyond the ruins left behind, to find "one lucky girl" whom the swirling wind has picked up in her crib and sent flying--to blissful safety. The vigorous pastel and watercolor paintings catch every change of family mood and weather--and the tornado sky is unforgettable, as anyone who's seen such a storm coming will attest.

Author Notes

George Ella Lyon was born on April 25, 1949, in Harlan, Kentucky. She is an author who has published in many genre, including picture books, poetry, juvenile novels and articles. Her books often take place in Appalachia. She earned her B.A. at Centre College in Kentucky in 1971, her M.A. at the University of Arkansas in 1972 and her PhD at Indiana University - Bloomington in 1978.

She first published in 1983, a poetry collection called Mountain. Aside from publishing, she also taught writing at a number of colleges, including the University of Kentucky, Centre College, Transylvania University, and Radford University. She has also acted as an executive committee member for the Women Writers Conference. She has also taught writing through workshops, conferences, and author visits.

Her titles include Father Time and the Day Boxes, Sonny's House of Spies, Holding on to Zoe, All the Water in the World, With a Hammer for My Heart, and Where I'm From: Where Poems Come From. In 2014 her title Voices from the March on Washington made the Hot Civil Rights Titles List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Like Beard's Twister [BKL F 1 99], this picture book captures the terror of a tornado when it hits one family's home. Here, home is a trailer at the racetrack where Nick's father works. One afternoon Nick and his parents are relaxing in the shade, and his beloved baby sister, Becky, is down for a nap in her crib in the trailer. Suddenly it gets "sick quiet," and then Nick sees a black finger of wind twisting toward them. Nick and his parents hit the dirt as the tornado strikes. Afterward, their trailer is gone--and so is Becky. Frantically they follow a path of trailer parts across the field until Nick finds Becky, still fast asleep in her crib. It's a miracle (and a true story), and even though their home is gone, the family is together. Lyon's clear narrative poetry and Trivas' pastel illustrations express the fragility of the baby sister, as delicate as the flowers in the field, and the strength of the family in the face of the devastation. Nick's race to find his sister is like a rushing wind of sunlight and color where there had been darkness and fear. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

When a tornado hits the trailer park and Nick's mother realizes his baby sister is missing, Nick says, "All the screams nobody had screamed tore out of my mother's mouth." As his parents search through the ruins, it is Nick who finally finds his sister in her crib, miraculously carried by the wind to a field. (The story recalls Gloria Rand and Ted Rand's Baby in a Basket.) Lyon's (Come a Tide) deft storytelling weaves together images with economy and grace. Nick's homely metaphors and his carefully established powers of observation--"Hawkeye," his father calls him--make his story believable and allow the reader to feel his emotions. Searching, he sees "a skillet and a doorknob," and then "a dream, the best you could ever have,/ the one where you find your treasure./ Right there in the green grass,/ plain as cake on a plate." Trivas's (The Pain and the Great One) exquisite pastels grow more textured and menacing during the tornado and its aftermath. The ending is especially satisfying. As the reunited family stands together, bathed in sunlight and surrounded by wildflowers, Nick asks where they are going to live. "Together," says his father, emphasizing the real value of Nick's "treasure." Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This exciting picture book skillfully balances a variety of emotions as a baby is swept away, crib and all, by a tornado, only to be discovered, after a few frantic moments, in a nearby field-safe and sound and still asleep. The story is told by the infant's older brother, Nick, in language that is both straightforward and poetic. He describes the storm as a "-black finger of wind twisting toward us" and his first sighting of his sister as "-a dream, the best you could ever have, the one where you find your treasure." Trivas's pastel illustrations effectively follow the nuances of the text; darker shades are used to depict the storm and its aftermath, and the backgrounds grow gradually warmer as Nick and his parents search breathlessly through the scattered remains of their trailer home. Careful details-a touch of blood on the mother's pale cheek, a black frying pan lying right side up in the yellow dirt, and a colorful mobile still attached to Becky's crib-draw the eye and help to bring the story home. Although children may experience a few moments of anxiety as the dramatic events unfold, they will be reassured by the wholeheartedly happy and triumphant ending.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.