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About the Book
Lily and Niko are at childcare when the weather changes and a thunderstorm strikes. They learn about severe weather events like thunderstorms and what conditions these events can bring. They also learn what to do to stay safe.
Mom's Choice Award - Gold Recipient
Lily and Niko are at childcare when the weather changes and a thunderstorm strikes. One of the children's parents is a meteorologist and he talks with the children about thunderstorms. They learn about severe weather events like thunderstorms and what conditions these events can bring, like lightning, hail, and winds. They also learn what to do to stay safe.
Reading this book is a great way for parents, childcare providers, and caregivers, to talk to toddlers and preschool children about thunderstorms in a non-scary way. You can listen to the song, download a free poster and a thunderstorm safety training certificate at train4safety(dot)com. Simply select the Ready Tots and Resources button on the menu.
"Lions, Leopards and Storms, Oh My" takes readers on an educational journey through a thunderstorm. Author Heather Beal engages her audience with eye-catching illustrations and occasional jokes - all while teaching the basics of meteorology and severe weather safety! As a meteorologist, I highly recommend this book for parents to read with young children, or for teachers to read with their students!
Cheryl Nelson - TV Host/Natural Disaster Preparedness Expert/Meteorologist, CBM
Designed to help children ages 3-8 safety practices to survive severe thunderstorms, "Lions, Leopards, and Storms, Oh My!" tells the story of Lily and Niko Rabbit who witness a scary thunderstorm while they are at school. This safety story is greatly enhanced by cheery illustrations of all sorts of animal children as characters. Mr. Raccoon, a visiting parent who is also a meteorologist, explains what causes thunderstorms, thunder and lightning, and even hail and strong winds. Because lightning is electricity, children can't play outside in a thunderstorm. All children need to get inside a safe building as soon as they hear the sound of thunder. Mrs, Raccoon teaches the children a song to help them remember what to do when it storms: "When lightning flashes or thunder shouts, go indoors until its quiet out. / If the wind blows hard, or hail goes plop, play inside 'til the raindrops stop." All the children sang and danced the storm song, then they made storm safety cards to take home and share with their families. This safety series for preschoolers and up is educational, informative, and fun.
- The Midwest Book Review