Overall, the science in all these books is done well. The pages are set up so that on one side is a photograph and on the opposite page is one sentence that states an observation or a concept relating to the weather condition of the title of the book. Of serious concern is the vocabulary in the sentence. The format suggests that the author intends the series to be used by the independent reader in first or second grade, but the vocabulary would have to bedeveloped by the teacher before the reader would be able to cope with the book. A section in each book called "Words to Know" is really a dictionary and not a pronunciation key. The vocabulary is too difficult for the emergent reader, and the book is too small to be read aloud among a group of students, but it could be used as a read-along volume if the teacher and several other students have copies. For this reason, a second- or first-grade teacher might want to have several copies of each title to read along with children in a reading group. The series would work well as authentic text in a reading class or as part of a science classroom library. Each volume concludes with a list of additional books on the topic and a list of Internet sites related to the topic. (from the What Kind of a Day Is It? Series.) Recommended, Grades 1-2. REVIEWER: Jayne R. Koester (Anne Arundel County Public Schools)
Text and photographs describe some things that people see and do on a hot day.
With the use of excellent photography, the six books in this series illustrate basic concepts of meteorology. The photographs are all of children about the age of the intended readerthat is, a first- or second-grade studentexperiencing the type of weather central to the theme of the book. The volumes are approximately 51/2" by 7" in size, which makes them the right size for someone six or seven years old to hold while he or she leafs through the pages. A Snowy Day explains where snowflakes come from, how the ground looks in both the city and the country, and what young children do outdoors on a snowy day. A Rainy Day explains where rain forms, what effect rain has on the earth, how plants, animals, and people react to rain, and things children do in the rain. A Windy Day , A Cold Day , and A Hot Day follow the same format, with an explanation of the weather condition, how it effects the earth, and what peopleespecially childrendo on that kind of day. A Sunny Day also follows the same format, but its selection of photographs is especially worth noting, for one of the most impressive is of children making shadows as they ice skate. This helps reinforce the concept that sunny days are not necessarily hot days
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