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Aunt Minnie and the Twister

by Mary Skillings Prigger

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Aunt Minnie and the Twister was written by Mary Skillings Prigger and was published in 2002 by Clarion. It is classified as a realistic fiction book.One of the traits of realistic fiction is “a story that could happen to people and animals” (146). For example, in this story a tornado comes and ruins the families land and house. This is relatable to children because tornadoes happen regularly and some children have even been through destruction that tornadoes can bring. Another quality of a realistic fiction includes that “ realistic fictions often convey values such as kindness and generosity and teach moral lessons” (147”). Specifically, in the story Aunt Minnie and the twister, Aunt Minnie shows deep love for her nieces and nephews whom she takes in and treats them like her own children. This story also teaches the lesson that things can not keep people content, but only the love of others can bring true happiness. Lastly, realistic fiction stories should be believable (147). This story is very believable because it takes place in Kansas which is a real place, and also the main event of the story is how a tornado comes and damages their house and land, which is also realistic.

In the book Aunt Minnie and the Twister, Aunt Minnie takes in her nine nieces and nephews and they all live in a house together in Kansas. Aunt Minnie teaches them things like how to farm, cook, and take care of each other. One spring day a tornado comes and messes up everything. However, Aunt Minnie and her nieces and nephews work together to get everything back in order. At the end of the day, they all realize that the relationship and bond that their family shares is all that matters.
This book does a great job catching the reader's attention by its warm and humorous story. It teaches a lesson of how important relationships are which is a very strong aspect of the book. Also, the illustrations are very bright and colorful and do a good job with tying in the story. Specifically, I think this book would be good for all children grades third -sixth. Children can relate to this story because it is about tornadoes, and the relationship between an aunt and her nieces and nephews. ( )
  MaryMariePearson | Apr 17, 2015 |
This is the sequel to Aunt Minnie McGranahan, a book that always makes me cry (in a good way).

Like the first book, this book includes several interesting pages of description of Aunt Minnie's system and the routines of living on a farm. Then it gets to the meat of the story - a tornado comes, the family huddles together in the storm shelter, and when it's all over they see that their house has been turned right around!

So, they add a new room to the house and make the front the back, and the family reaffirms its togetherness.

It's a very touching story. Maybe not quite as good as the first book, but then, that book is in a class of its own. ( )
  conuly | Aug 24, 2008 |
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Genre: This story could easily happen in a city where tornadoes occur frequently. The things the children have to do on the farm, and what the family does to stay safe from the tornado are typical and realistic for that situation. It is a story that some children may not be able to relate to because they have never seen a tornado, however, they can relate to the family appreciating one another and sticking together.
Setting: The specific time period is not stated in the book, but the time period is implied because of the Model T that Aunt Minnie has. Also, the location is important because it is on a farm, and a place where tornadoes are likely to occur. The location could probably be in several states, but the type of state is very important to the plot of the story.
Media: watercolor ( )
  lleighton05 | Oct 28, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618111360, Hardcover)

From warm-hearted storyteller Mary Skillings Prigger and award-winning illustrator Betsy Lewin comes another affectionate, humorous tale about the indomitable spinster Aunt Minnie and her nine adopted nieces and nephews. Minnie keeps her growing kids busy—they plant in the spring, harvest in the summer, and can in the fall. But when a wild twister sweeps through the farm one spring day, everything turns topsy-turvy. Luckily, Aunt Minnie knows just what to do! Evocative, rhythmic text and joyful watercolors depict the passing of seasons on a small farm and paint an affectionate portrait of a true problem solver and her spirited and loving family.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:01 -0400)

After a tornado rearranges their Kansas house, Aunt Minnie and the nine nieces and nephews living with her add on a much-needed new room.

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