Tornados start as mere severe thunderstorms, but when the clouds begin to rotate, they can become one of nature most devastating disasters with winds reaching speeds well in excess of 100 miles per hour. When one of these massive funnels come in contact with a home, it can make it look s if it simply exploded while leaving the house next door completely intact.
Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms by National Geographic Kids provides children with an understanding of these potentially deadly storms. It goes behind the hype and media to describe the science behind the storms. They learn about the mechanism that creates the tornado and the conditions necessary to create the storms. You need more than just a severe storm, there are number of conditions that all need to happen to create a tornado.
As someone who has lived through more than one tornado and seen the devastation they can create, it's important that children and adults have a resource to make sense of it all. A tornado is not something to be taken lightly and a understanding how it works makes you respect what it is. If you ever find yourself in a tornado, having this knowledge may end up saving your life.