How the Weather Works: A Hands-on Guide to Our Changing Climate

How the Weather Works: A Hands-on Guide to Our Changing Climate

by Christiane Dorion, Beverley Young
     
 

What is a tornado? Why does it snow? How is a hurricane created? Find out in this novelty-packed introduction to our planet’s weather.

Tackling both normal and extreme scenarios, this is an entertaining and enlightening exploration of the world’s weather. With bright, friendly illustrations, plus pop-ups, pull-tabs, and booklets, this

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Overview

What is a tornado? Why does it snow? How is a hurricane created? Find out in this novelty-packed introduction to our planet’s weather.

Tackling both normal and extreme scenarios, this is an entertaining and enlightening exploration of the world’s weather. With bright, friendly illustrations, plus pop-ups, pull-tabs, and booklets, this interactive book stimulates learning and encourages children to think about how humans can influence the Earth’s climate.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
There is a lot of excellent information about weather in this book but no index. There are pop-ups, wheels, tabs and flaps as well as charts and maps and an occasional reference to old wives tales. Facts are presented with clarity but the type is set in Kidprint and Blockhead. Two of the pop ups are helpful, but at the same time a challenge to decipher. There are nine double-page spreads answering the questions: What causes the weather? Where does rain come from? What's a weather front? Why does the wind blow? How can we predict the weather? What is a hurricane? What is climate? What was climate like in the past? and Are we changing the climate? On the back cover there is reference to another book in this series entitled How the World Works called "remarkably successful" by the Royal Geographic Society. The artwork is elementary school, but the information is often junior high school. This is not a reliable gift book unless the recipient has shown real interest in the subject, but it is a worthy reference book to enhance any pre-high school library. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Kirkus Reviews
What causes the weather? Why does the wind blow? How can we predict the weather? Are we changing the climate? Basic explanations of complicated meteorological concepts are presented in bite-sized chunks as answers to these and other common questions about weather and climate. This intriguing presentation has flaps to open, tabs to pull, wheels to turn and cardboard pop-up models that include a stunning 3-D hurricane. The colorful, heavy-duty pages are chock full of painted images, text boxes in different fonts and diagrams. There are plenty of arrows to help readers find their way. The construction is sturdy enough for numerous readings, and the design invites participation. Occasionally readers are addressed directly. Instructions for an experiment demonstrating evaporation and condensation and for making a rain gauge provide extensions beyond the book, but there are no suggestions for further reading or sources. Though the explanations are relatively simple, and the pictures are helpful, the vocabulary is challenging and there is no glossary. Unlike most books written for children about environmental issues today, this also offers no easy, superficial solutions. The focus on the workings of weather, the differentiation of weather and climate and the quick overview of past climates and explanation of climate change provide a helpful base for elementary readers wishing to understand the science behind the concern.(Pop-up nonfiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763652623
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/08/2011
Pages:
20
Sales rank:
562,555
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Christiane Dorion is a writer and educational consultant who has taught about sustainable development for more than twenty years. She lives in England.

Beverley Young has exhibited paintings in galleries across the U.K. She lives in England.

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