W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet

W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet

by Pat Michaels, Melanie Rose
     
 

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Would you like to know the difference between cirrus and cumulus clouds? How much does our atmosphere weigh? W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet is a swirl of information that answers these questions and many more. Readers will learn that yes, our atmosphere has weight! And if it's sunny, chances are it's heavy. When the atmosphere is lighter, grab your galoshes! W…  See more details below

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Would you like to know the difference between cirrus and cumulus clouds? How much does our atmosphere weigh? W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet is a swirl of information that answers these questions and many more. Readers will learn that yes, our atmosphere has weight! And if it's sunny, chances are it's heavy. When the atmosphere is lighter, grab your galoshes! W is for Wind is one well-informed children's book from the Sleeping Bear Press family that puts the emphasis on fun and function. It lets children learn all about the weather in a relaxed engaging manner. Professional weatherman and storm tracker Pat Michaels spins the stories on everything from tornadoes and hurricanes to rainbows and evaporation with gusto. His rhymes thunder through the alphabet with excitement and his factual text resonates like the Northern Lights. Readers will turn the pages with lightning quickness to get to the next weather condition and with each page turned they'll be treated to the mystical illustrations of Canadian-born artist Melanie Rose. Perfect in the classroom or the home, W is for Wind captures the love affair we all have with weather. It the perfect complement to a science lesson or to help explain to children what exactly happens when water freezes and much more with easy-to-understand language. Enriching, enlightening and educational could easily be the "E" in this one-of-a-kind weather alphabet book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
This alphabet book is really two books in one. Each letter is described with a four-line verse and a related illustration. This book could be used with young children to begin a discussion of weather. Wide sidebars provide additional factual information using sophisticated language printed in a small font. Sometimes other weather related words are included in the sidebar. For example, when "D is for Dew" is in the main area, the sidebar provides more information about dew and then has a paragraph about dust devils. "K is for Knots": In addition to a discussion of why knots are used to measure wind speed, a paragraph is devoted to the Kelvin temperature scale. Some of the sidebar entries will confuse young children and they may prove challenging for older readers. The full-color illustrations are realistic and add meaning for the major word in each picture. An interesting book with a lot of information, but its value for young researchers is probably limited, due to its basic picture book format and lack of reference aids.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Each letter in this picture book presents information about a type of weather, environmental condition, or related terminology. The primary text floats on top of a colorful, detailed painting and consists of two rhyming couplets. This brief content is suitable for reading aloud or for younger independent readers. Lengthy sidebars on every spread provide additional details and vocabulary for more advanced readers. Classrooms that conduct morning weather reports or include the topic in their curriculums will find this title informative throughout the changing seasons. Rose does an excellent job capturing the audience's attention with her detailed, realistic paintings that often include children experiencing the various conditions. A useful and attractive addition.-Christine E. Carr, Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, Roseland, NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585363308
Publisher:
Sleeping Bear Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Science Alphabet
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,345,534
Product dimensions:
9.98(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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