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Children's LiteratureFor the young reader who is curious about clouds and is beginning to master some more difficult vocabulary words-cirrus, cumulus, and cumulonimbus, for instance-there is a wealth of information to be found in just 24 pages. This is a picture book with large print and not too many words to a page, yet it is also one that is devoted to imparting some pretty hefty scientific facts about the study of Earth science and, more specifically, climatology. As part of the "Amazing Science" series, this edition compliments others written about wind, snow, sunshine, and lightning. Available in library binding, it will be a welcome addition for a PreK to third-grade science curriculum. The author has filled the book with delicious images; clouds "sail above the trees like scoops of vanilla ice cream," pile up "like heaps of whipped cream," and sometimes "look as wispy as feathers." All illustrations in the book were rendered digitally, and the effect is to create images that sometimes look like clouds and sometimes do not. The final pages are densely packed with information, which includes a recipe for making a cloud of one's own, fast facts about clouds, a glossary, index, and a list of other source materials on the subject. 2004, Picture Window Books, Ages 4 to 9.
— Susan Schott Karr