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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans (edició 2017)

de Don Brown (Autor)

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.… (més)
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Títol:Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans
Autors:Don Brown (Autor)
Informació:HMH Books for Young Readers (2017), Edition: Reprint, 96 pages
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Written and illustrated by Don Brown, Drowned City tells the harrowing story of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in New Orleans. This narrative nonfiction graphic novel allows readers to truly see and learn about the heartbreaking devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. This story of "the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality."

Brown honestly and appropriately tackles this incredibly difficult subject in a way that is understandable and compelling for readers as young as middle grade readers. He doesn't shy away from explaining the hard stuff in 'just simple enough' ways or showing the loss of life without without being graphic or sugar coating it.

**Orbis Pictus Award Winner, Sibert Honor Book ( )
  NClegern | Jul 30, 2021 |
This blunt account of the damage Hurricane Katrina wreaked on New Orleans and the tragically inadequate response from FEMA and then-president George W. Bush pulls no punches. Brown uses two fonts throughout, both all-caps: a somewhat jagged-looking one for narrative text between or within panels, and a clearer one for dialogue in speech bubbles. Quotes are carefully chosen to support the text, move the story forward, and have an emotional impact, e.g. a man in a FEMA jacket saying, "When I have a nightmare, it's a hurricane in New Orleans" in an inset box on a page where the larger illustration is the gray mass of Katrina approaching Louisiana; another sharply poignant quote on page 25 comes from the tiny figure of a mother holding her child on a rooftop, viewed from above as the floodwaters rise, saying, "Oh, baby, I don't think we're gonna make it." Another effective spread (p. 30-31) shows just over half the page underwater, just under half above; people swim, reach, and sink, and the text says only, "People fight the flood. Some succeed. Others do not."

Clearly, there are heroes: ordinary people with their own boats, workers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Coast Guard, all of whom performed dangerous rescues; later, the National Guard helped. Governor Blanco begged the president and FEMA for assistance - transportation, food, water, medical help; their response was catastrophically uncoordinated and slow. On the other hand, there are those who failed to do their jobs, including some police, Mayor Nagin (who was never seen at the Superdome), Michael Chertoff of the DHS, and Michael Brown of FEMA.

The final page addresses the slow return and rebuilding of New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac in 2012, and the Lower Ninth Ward. Although both Black and white people are shown in the illustrations, there is no discussion of racism; it is not mentioned that the Lower Ninth Ward was predominantly Black.

Overall, this is a focused account of Katrina's impact on New Orleans. Back matter includes detailed source notes and a bibliography. ( )
  JennyArch | Jul 29, 2021 |
Don Brown provides an overview of the devestation of Hurrican Katrina and how nature and science can collide in the most destructive way. The literature shares vivid tales from the hurrican and recovery efforts. The impacts on society, the local community, and the many families who suffered loss of life and posessions. The book is written so that a teenager can learn about tragedy, science, and the ability of humans to adapt and change in an age appropriate way.

Science Lesson Information on Hurricanes which includes a Hurrican Tracker Chart and Tracking Information
https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-hurricane.htm ( )
  KylerJones | Apr 25, 2021 |
Middle school. More than 70 pages. This book talks about the events of Hurricane Katrina and how it effected New Orleans. This would be great for students to use to learn more about the even because it is very engaging since it is in graphic novel form. Sometimes students can think of research or nonfiction reading as boring, but this can help them get more excited about it.
  MadisonFissell | Apr 11, 2021 |
Source: Children's Book sin Children's Hands
Age Range: 8-12
Evaluation of Quality: This graphic novel depiction of the hurricane Katrina disaster that struck Louisiana is honest, informative, and moving.
Assessment of Potential Use: Children who want to learn not only about the science of the hurricane, but the sociopolitical response to the disaster, will have a fantastic visualization of it in this book.
Assessment of Appeal to Children: the graphic novelization and art direct in this book will fully engage young readers.
  TAndrewH | Nov 21, 2020 |
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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage -- and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

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