Children's Literature - Denise DaleyThe days are shorter and the weather is cooler in winter, but those are not the only changes. In some areas there is ice, snow, and frost. Most plants stop growing and many animals hibernate. This book is very basic. It introduces young readers to simple science concepts, many of which are presented in separate text boxes and listed as "fun facts." One of the fun facts explains that snowflakes are really pieces of frozen water that fall from clouds. There are only two to three sentences on a page and the opposite page has a corresponding colorful full-size photograph. The book contains suggestions for further exploring winter and concludes with simple directions for making frost. There is a table of contents, index, and glossary. This book will certainly supplement any primary level unit on science and weather. It is part of the "Rookie Read-About Science" series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal11/01/2013
PreS-Gr 2—Herrington explores seasonal changes in weather, plant and animal life, and people's activities. Spreads consist of a few simple sentences, plus a fact box and/or caption opposite full-page color photos. The titles introduce concepts such as animal migration and hibernation, although only Spring notes that seasons in northern and southern hemispheres are opposite. Most of the stock photos are adequate. Some fall colors are garish, and people can look more posed than spontaneous. Each book includes a brief picture glossary and instructions for a simple science activity, such as making a sun print or rain gauge with adult help. Suggestions to take a nature walk or start a science journal encourage readers to continue observing seasonal signs. Accompanying publisher websites offer articles and web links from Grolier Online.
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