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by Valerie Bodden

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This book is a valuable addition to the early education science curriculum. As part of "Our Wonderful Weather" series, this book explains, in elementary terms, what clouds are and how they form. The book points out that while clouds look soft, they are actually wet and usually very cold—a good illustration of why scientists need to evaluate phenomena based on more than appearance. The major types of clouds are identified and illustrated. The importance of clouds, and the problems that can be associated with them, are emphasized by photographs of areas stricken by droughts or floods. The book explains the role of meteorologists, who study weather and try to predict changes in the atmosphere with the aid of radar and satellites. At the end of the book there is a simple experiment, using some common kitchen utensils, which youngsters can perform to make their own "cloud." Use of such a hands-on experiment is an excellent way to bring science alive for young children and reinforce the learning. The book contains five short chapters with minimal text and large photographs. The photographs in this book are large and lovely. Because of this, the book resembles a picture book in format, if not in content. One of the benefits of reading all of the books in the "Wonderful Weather" series is the repetition of words and sentences, which will help beginning readers. Explanations of complex scientific concepts are avoided, since the book is aimed at first grade students. At the back of the book are a glossary, a list of books for additional reading, a list of web sites, and an index. Reviewer: Leona Illig

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Creative Company, The
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Our Wonderful Weather
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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