School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-9-- The Tannenbaums cover the basics of weather observation and forecasting, defining terms; describing weather-related phenomena (e.g. storms, lightning); suggesting simple activities; and providing directions for building rudimentary weather instruments out of commonly found materials. Conveniently organized, the text flows smoothly from background on the phenomenon in question through its observation and measurement and on to building a replica of the appropriate meteorological device. Much of the equipment described, though, can only be used for demonstration purposes, as it is designed for ease of construction more than for accurate measurement; for example, the anemometer only roughly indicates wind speed, as it is not calibrated to measure miles or kilometers per hour. Although many of the instruments covered here can be found elsewhere, the authors do an effective job of blending information on weather and equipment together. Clear diagrams explain the instruments' construction, and most of the illustrations are useful in depicting the concepts discussed in the text. This book will be useful as a beginning source on the weather and the equipment used in its study, and will be a help to students looking for basic science-project information. --Jeffrey A. French, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Pub . Lib .
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