It's Cloudy Today

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Clouds drift and float. They move above Earth. Sometimes they are white and puffy. Sometimes they are dark and cover the sky. What happens when the weather is cloudy? Read this book to find out! Learn all about kinds of weather in the What's the Weather Like? series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Overview

Clouds drift and float. They move above Earth. Sometimes they are white and puffy. Sometimes they are dark and cover the sky. What happens when the weather is cloudy? Read this book to find out! Learn all about kinds of weather in the What's the Weather Like? series - part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Some science and some imaginative fun combine to present information about clouds in this title which is generously illustrated with color photographs. The layouts that describe the different types of clouds present a simile of the cloud on the left side and the actual clouds on the right. For instance, the cirrus clouds are compared with the look of a feather and the cumulus clouds to the puffy, cotton balls. Unfortunately, the simile of the dusty books does not quite measure up in comparison with the stratus clouds. Furthermore, the nimbus cloud was not included in the chapter, although it is briefly mentioned in the chapter "Did You Know?" which is about Luke Howard who named the different types of clouds. The next chapter briefly touches on what clouds are and how meteorologists examine clouds. On the lighter side is the fun of looking at cloud shapes with an imaginative eye. There is a list of additional resources including some websites where there is more information about clouds and weather. This book is part of the "What's the Weather Like?" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1–Providing answers to at least some of the interminable “why” questions, these books feature an easy sentence or two per page on a large, attractive photograph. The titles describe the weather phenomenon under discussion, how it happens, how it can vary, and conditions it can cause. Cloudy, for example, explains how to distinguish the different types of clouds, and sometimes what type of weather they portend–stratus clouds are described as being “…as flat and gray as dusty books.... They hang low in the sky, waiting to spill rain.” The few simple scientific facts are introduced unobtrusively, and the books also provide information on what scientists in the field do and sometimes on a prominent person. Each title includes an easy activity, such as making a rain gauge in Rainy, that uses readily available materials. (Some, such as checking to see what temperature it is, aren’t exactly activities). Unfortunately, the further-reading suggestions are often for an older audience or are dated and may be unavailable.
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Meet the Author

Kristin Sterling is a former elementary-school teacher and a curriculum product developer. She is also the author of the Communities series in First Step Nonfiction. She lives in Lino Lakes, Minnesota, with her husband and two cats.

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Table of Contents

Cloud Watcher 4

What Are Clouds? 14

Cloudy Day Fun 20

Another Cloudy Day 26

Activity 28

Did You Know? 29

Glossary 30

Further Reading 31

Index 32

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