While my daughter was at gymnastics, I read the book Tornado, by Betsy Byars. It's the next book for her literature group.
This is a short book. I read it before her class even started---maybe 20 minutes? It starts out with a tornado coming and the family going into the storm shelter. The husband/father is not there; he's working in the fields, and Pete tells stories (to take their minds off their worry about the father) about a tornado from his childhood that brought him a doghouse with a dog inside.
Great kid-friendly book! I'm going to have the kids read it themselves, including my daughter. It is not too difficult. They have until Tuesday. I think we'll do a science recap about tornadoes (making one with a pop bottle) and learn some magic card tricks. (You'll have to read the book to find out what that has to do with the book.)