Children's Literature - Leona IlligThe value of teaching science to young children cannot be overestimated, and this book, part of "Our Wonderful Weather" series, is a welcome addition to field of early education. The book explains, in simple and understandable terms, what a tornado is and how it is formed. It provides information describing how wide they can be, how long they can last, and what they might sound like. A paragraph relates how scientists measure the strength of tornadoes, via the Enhanced Fujita (or EF) Scale. The book explains the role of meteorologists in forecasting tornadoes, and provides instructions about what to do when a tornado alarm is sounded. At the end of the book there is a simple experiment that youngsters can undertake to make their own "funnel in a bottle." This hands-on exercise is an excellent way to make science come alive for young people. Explanations of complex scientific concepts are avoided, since the book is aimed at first grade students. To be sure, beginning readers will not know all of the words, but they will be able to read many of them. The book contains five short chapters with minimal text and large photographs, and in its layout, the book resembles a picture book. 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 tornadoes (such as the Tri-State tornado in 1925) 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
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1�4—Stunning color photos and a clean format will spark readers' interest in science. The content moves beyond mere description of natural phenomena, offering easy-to-understand explanations. Bodden presents weather facts clearly, though occasionally she also uses question-provoking declarations, e.g., "Meteorologists may use big balloons as part of their studies," that may leave students wanting more information. The font changes size throughout, adding to the visual stimulation, and short sentences that run along the bottom of pages offer interesting tidbits and sometimes explain the accompanying photos. Information and images are repeated in the different volumes. Each book ends with a simple experiment, such as: "Funnel in a Bottle." The exceptional layout distinguishes this series.
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The book has only 24 pages, 4 of which are title page, index, etc. Half of the remaining pages are picture and the other half large-type text. If I'd realized how very small this book is, I never would have paid $23 for it. The pictures aren't very good, either; blurry, short on detail, not very interesting.