The Weather

The Weather

by Deborah Chancellor, Mike Goldsmith
     
 

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In Weather, children will watch lightning strike, cloud formations taking shape and rainbows projected into the sky. Young explorers lift the flaps to reveal answers about the sun, seasonal weather, rainfall, dangerous weather, and much more. A great first knowledge of the natural world. Plus, a fun spot-the-difference game suddenly appears as the artwork

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In Weather, children will watch lightning strike, cloud formations taking shape and rainbows projected into the sky. Young explorers lift the flaps to reveal answers about the sun, seasonal weather, rainfall, dangerous weather, and much more. A great first knowledge of the natural world. Plus, a fun spot-the-difference game suddenly appears as the artwork amazingly changes.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
This comprehensive read will teach young people everything they have ever wanted to know about weather and more. Beginning with the table of contents, the information is presented in an intriguing and exciting manner. Topics, including "What are Clouds," "What Makes Frost," and "What is Extreme Weather," are broken up into short, easy to read paragraphs. The text is surrounded by bold, colorful, and exciting pictures that will entice the reader to read more. Each page includes a "Word Wizard" bubble which highlights a vocabulary word relating to weather such as conductor, hurricane and temperature. "Talking Points" are also included on each page and answer questions like "What parts of the Earth are coldest?" and "Are hailstorms dangerous?" A glossary and an index are included in the back. This would pertain to the weather unit in the upper grades and would make an informative read aloud for the lower grades. Teachers could implement great practice in using the table of contents, index and glossary with this book. This book should be a standard in elementary classrooms. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Just as this series offers a wide array of subjects, each book covers a broad range of topics. Visually, the effect is almost equal to looking at a series of fact cards arranged on the pages. Our Bodies, for example, provides a few short paragraphs each about nutrition, getting adequate sleep, keeping fit, anatomy, and staying clean. While this structure makes for quick reads, and the tables of contents will direct budding researchers to the information, there is little cohesion between the facts. Moreover, the advice-laden language is instructive, but not always explanatory–for example, Good Manners suggests sending thank-you notes, but gives no advice about how to word them. Also, there are no introductions or conclusions to tie everything together, which might make it hard for readers to see the bigger picture.
From the Publisher

“The approach is visually appealing.” —Horn Book

“This informative book will engage readers in a tactile way as they explore the text. . . . Some of the illustrations are labeled, providing additional nontextual information. This book would be a nice inclusion in a classroom or school library because it builds on the natural curiosity of young children. . . . Although the information is very general, it's appropriate for young children who have questions such as "Is the weather always colder at night?" or "Which colors are in a rainbow?" The general nature of the information can be used as a beginning point for further exploration by students.” —NSTA Recommends

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778747413
Publisher:
Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Now We Know About
Pages:
23
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dr Mike Goldsmith studied the philosophy of time and space at Keele University, where he also obtained his PhD in astrophysics. He was formerly the head of Acoustics at the UK's National Physical Laboratory and is now an author of non-fiction books for children.
John Butler has been illustrating children's books for 30 years. He is particularly recognized for his animal illustrations, for which he has won a number of awards in the UK and the USA.

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