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Watching the Wind

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Children's Literature
With this title, beginning readers are introduced to valuable information about the invisible phenomenon called wind. Two-page presentations in this small book from the "Welcome Nature" series feature brief descriptive narratives in large primary font on white background complemented by a color photograph on the opposite page. The bright images reflect the feeling of "almost being there" and combine with the text to help students achieve an understanding of the concepts. Coverage begins with a family group being tugged by the wind while walking along the beach. The power of strong winds is discussed and illustrated in pictures of storms and hurricanes. Weather vanes show the direction of wind. Readers catch a glimpse of what happens when breezes play or work. A windowpane cases four illustrations of powerful wind scenes. The book has all the ingredients needed for teaching research skills—table of contents, new words (bolded in the text), two suggested titles, web site, and an index. However, the definitions, titles, and web site are problematic. The meanings lack clarity and are too lengthy for the age group. Books listed have no copyright date and some are outdated. One might take a look at these titles to supplement study—Wind by Marion Dane Bauer, It's the Wind! by Catherine Nichols, or Wind by Helen Frost. Franklin Institute's web site (http:/ can replace the dead link listed. Its wind discovery resources are rich and include energy, recreation, things to make, and windy language. Despite these glitches, this is an excellent choice for the younger set to discover what is tossing hair, flapping flags, blowing treebranches, or pushing the clouds. 2004, Children's Press, Ages 5 to 8.
—Barbara Troisi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780516259413
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Welcome Books
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 994,130
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Windy 4
2 Storms 8
3 Moving Sailboats 16
4 New Words 22
5 To Find Out More 23
6 Index 24
7 About the Author 24
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