By Steve Pitt, Heather Collins
The climate forecast for the night of October 15, 1954 was once easily "rain tonight." in truth, the storm used to be a devastating one. The hurricane swept from North Carolina up into Canada. In Toronto, Ontario, the professional loss of life count number was once eighty one, however it was once most likely a lot better as the many of us residing within the ravines weren't a part of the census.
Penny Doucette was once eight years outdated at the evening the typhoon raged in Toronto. She, her mom and dad, and their aged neighbor stumbled on themselves clinging to the roof of the home as they watched the home round the corner glide away at the swollen Humber River. Augmenting the dramatic tale are illustrations, archival photos, and engaging information regarding hurricanes: their factors, their heritage, and lore.
Published for the 50th anniversary of storm Hazel, it is a worthwhile source for younger readers.
From the alternate Paperback edition.
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Penny’s mother asked, as she tried to sooth little Tommy, whom she held tightly in her arms. Tom shot a look in Penny’s direction, not wanting to answer in case he frightened his daughter further. But Penny heard the urgency in his voice as he said, “Follow me. ” They were all still in their pajamas, but there was no time to change. With Tom leading the way, they splashed through the living room toward the front door. It seemed to be stuck at first, but Tom Doucette was very strong and, with a big grunt, he pushed it open.
Outside, eddies swirled around the front steps. “It isn’t very deep. I think we can make it to higher ground,” Penny’s dad shouted over the noise. They moved forward and watched Tom step down into the brown, rushing foam. In an instant, he was knocked over. He just managed to grab a porch railing to keep from being whisked away. Penny’s mom was clutching the baby in one arm and her handbag in the other. She dropped the purse and desperately held on to her husband by his pajama bottoms. For a second it looked as if all three would be swept off the porch, but Penny’s dad somehow managed to regain his footing and pull everyone back into the front hall.
It was sort of a family joke. Tom had found it in an abandoned cabin up north when he was a boy. He had kept it ever since. His wife thought the hatchet was ugly and useless, and had taken to throwing it in the garbage whenever she thought her husband wasn’t looking. But every time, Tom rescued it and hid it again. Now, after being saved so often, it looked like the hatchet was about to repay its owner. ” Penny asked. “Not really,” he said. He knew that any hatchet could chop through plaster. He was more concerned that the old wooden handle might break.