by Valerie Bodden

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Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This book is a welcome addition to early education science curriculum. As part of "Our Wonderful Weather" series, this book explains, in simple terms, most of the basic information about thunderstorms. It describes what they are, how they are formed, and what happens when they occur. The book notes that people see lightning before they hear its thunder, because light travels faster than sound; young readers are thus given an understandable illustration of one of the most important scientific principles. The book explains the role of meteorologists who study thunderstorms with the aid of radar and satellites and try to forecast their paths and strengths. At the end of the book there is a simple experiment, using some common kitchen utensils, which youngsters can perform to show how a thunderstorm can form. Explanations of complex scientific concepts are avoided, since the book is aimed at first grade students, but the lack of clarification of the terms "single cell" and "super cell" may raise questions. The book contains five short chapters with minimal text and large photographs, and, because of this, the book resembles a picture book in format. One of the benefits of reading all of the books in the "Wonderful Weather" series is the repetition of words and sentences, which will help beginning readers. At the back of the book are a glossary, a list of books for additional reading, a list of web sites, and an index. Parents and teachers should be advised that the book does contain short descriptions and photographs of thunderstorms (such as the one that flooded the Big Thompson River in Colorado in 1976) that resulted in death and destruction. Adults should be prepared to answer questions young children may have regarding the loss of life and property. Reviewer: Leona Illig

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Creative Company, The
Publication date:
Our Wonderful Weather
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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