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Discovering El Nino: How Fable and Fact Together Help Explain the Weather

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A picture book approach to very prominent and very puzzling weather phenomena. The author traces El Niño from the Peruvian fishing villages where it was first observed through today's sophisticated scientific findings that have lead to the observation of La Niña as well. The meteorological effects are explained in easy-to-understand terms in a beautifully illustrated book that includes maps and diagrams.

Traces the weather phenomenon known as El Niäno from its first ...

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Overview

A picture book approach to very prominent and very puzzling weather phenomena. The author traces El Niño from the Peruvian fishing villages where it was first observed through today's sophisticated scientific findings that have lead to the observation of La Niña as well. The meteorological effects are explained in easy-to-understand terms in a beautifully illustrated book that includes maps and diagrams.

Traces the weather phenomenon known as El Niäno from its first observation near Peruvian fishing villages to more recent appearances, discussing how scientists monitor it and how it affects other aspects of the weather.

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Booklist
...this well-organized, meticulously produced picture book...explains the history, theory, and impact of El Nino...visually dynamic...plenty to satisfy the scientifically curious
Boolist
...this well-organized, meticulously produced picture book...explains the history, theory, and impact of El Nino...visually dynamic...plenty to satisfy the scientifically curious
Childrens Book Review
Full color illustrations enhance the text and produce an interesting book for young and old.
Science and Children
The author does a wonderful job of blending together...scientific information and facts about El Niño with the historical perspective
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Beginning with the Peruvian fishermen of long ago and tracing its path across the continent and throughout history; this is the story of El Niño. The wind current affects the weather, food supply, and livelihood of people and animals not only along the coastal waters of Peru where it originates; but across the Pacific Ocean and throughout the world. This is a very readable account of a weather phenomenon that has received much popular attention. Colorful illustrations both support the storytelling tone of the book; and diagram the science of the meteorological facts. This is an important handbook for young scientists and everyone else who wants to better understand the winds that portend to have great impact on us all.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-An attractive overview of the history of El Ni-o, from the observations of early Peruvian fisher folk to those of present-day scientists. Seibert's conversational text describes how the interweaving of oral tradition, material from personal journals and ships' logs, and research since the late 1800s has given today's scientists a handle on this extreme weather phenomenon. Ellis's stylized illustrations, diagrams, and maps provide a cheerful, eye-catching counterpoint, pulling all into a harmonious whole. The work closes with two pages on the effects of a powerful El Ni-o on wildlife, crops, and precipitation. While this slender picture-book volume does not pack in as much data as Caroline Arnold's El Ni-o (Clarion, 1998) or Susan Dudley Gold's Blame It on El Ni-o (RSVP, 1999), it is a pleasing production for younger readers.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761312734
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Our World Ser.
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: NC1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.59 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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