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I Face the Wind

I Face the Wind

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by Vicki Cobb, Julia Gorton (Illustrator)

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Ever lose your hat in a strong wind?

Ever feel the wind pushing you from side to side?

Know why you can feel the wind, but never see it?

You will!

Renowned science author Vicki Cobb makes scientific principles easy for even the youngest kids to understand. Follow this book with a young child who loves to play. Bring


Ever lose your hat in a strong wind?

Ever feel the wind pushing you from side to side?

Know why you can feel the wind, but never see it?

You will!

Renowned science author Vicki Cobb makes scientific principles easy for even the youngest kids to understand. Follow this book with a young child who loves to play. Bring along balloons. Find a windy place. Together you'll face the wind and see that learning is a breeze.

Discover science, and the world will never look the same.

Great hands-on activities and irresistible illustrations by Julia Gorton make Science Play a perfect way to learn about science . . . just for the fun of it!

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
“Conceptually rich science for very young children...Cobb pulls it off.”
Publishers Weekly
Vicki Cobb continues her Science Play series with I Face the Wind, illus. by Julia Gorton. Beginning with a girl facing a strong wind, basic observations teach the properties of air to budding scientists. The mood is playful but the facts are specific and focused and Cobb includes experiments eminently doable by the preschool set. The digital artwork uses bold forms and creative typography to keep the tone breezy. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The "Vicki Cobb Science Play" series helps the youngest children understand scientific principles. An adult will want to help with these activities. A list of supplies to have handy is provided in a note to the reader on the first page. The supplies needed are a wire coat hanger, a pencil, a large plastic bag, two identical balloons or zip-lock bags, tape and a ball. This is an interactive text. Have you ever felt a strong wind? What did it feel like? Can you name things wind does? What is wind made of? To answer this question, collect wind in the large plastic bag. Twist the top tightly closed and you can feel the air inside. Using a hanger as a scale, weigh two empty balloons. The scale will be slightly tilted when one of the two balloons is filled with air. Air is made up of molecules. Rolling a ball against a leg can give you an idea of what it feels like to have a molecule hit. Roll it harder and you feel it more. Can you make molecules move? Try waving this book up and down. You can even make wind by blowing air out of our mouth. This is one of the best science experiment books I have seen for very young children. It focuses on a small number of concepts about wind and air that can easily be demonstrated. All of the materials required are readily available and familiar to kids. The illustrations support the text, providing additional clarification of the concepts discussed. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 5.
— Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, stylishly illustrated explanation of the properties of wind and air, words fly about and form cleverly shaped patterns echoing the concepts described. Satisfyingly clear-cut experiments provide solid evidence and encourage further exploration. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Science Play Series
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.25(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Vicki Cobb is the author of many award-winning science books for young people. With degrees from Barnard College and Columbia University Teachers College, Vicki enjoyed an early career as a science teacher. She now devotes all her time to writing and speaking to teachers, children, and librarians all over the country. She frequently writes for the Huffington Post and is also the founder and president of iNK Think Tank, an organization dedicated to getting high-quality nonfiction books into classrooms. To find out what recent science experiment Vicki has been cooking up, visit her online at www.vickicobb.com. 

Julia Gorton has loved to get wet since her days as a teenage member of the Aquaettes. A local synchronized swim team. She is still passionate about water and is working to get a community pool built.

For a decade she has been delighting children with her inspired illustrations and dazzling designs. Her work can be found in the Science Play book I See Myself by Vicki Cobb, the MathStart book Super Sandcastle Saturday by Stuart J. Murphy, and Ten Rosy Roses, by Eve Merriam. Julia Gorton lives in a sprinklerfilled community in New Jersey with her husband, author-illustrator Daniel Kirk, and their three children, who splish and splash all around the town.

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I Face the Wind 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book a lower rating as it was not what I or the BN employee who helped me special order this book, thought that it would be. I was looking for a bedtime story book for my 3 yr. old grandson who is obsessed with fans and windmills. From the description this book seemed to fit the bill and it was recommended for 3-5 year olds. I was disappointed when it came as, instead of a story or read-to-me book about the wind, it was more of a workbook with experiments, some rather involved, to do! Many of the experiments struck me as being more appropriate for early grade school age kids, 5-8 yrs.old maybe? The experiments were loosely tied together with a sort of narration. I'm not sure how you would use this book for this age group. Perhaps in a preschool setting? In any event, I returned the book to the store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. It is a very hands-on book and calls for a lot of interaction which is awesome for any student. This book is constantly asking questions, which keeps the students thinking. This book is filled with bright colors, but also a lot of open space so it is not over illustrated. The illustration are created where the picture and the words our together. For example: a girl trying to hold the umbrella why she is being blown away by the wind and the umbrella is made with words. This book is also filled with different science experiments, which can easily get students interested in science and cause them to want to go home and do a little bit of experiments with their family.
Shannett More than 1 year ago
I love this book because at first you don't expect to be taught something. But by the end of the book the reader learns to measure the wind, and even ways you can see wind. This book is also an easy read for children. Children of any age would be able to comprehend this book, which is why i would recommend it.