by Howard Everett Smith, Jeffrey K. Bedrick

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The drama initiated by the weather is clearly communicated in Bedrick's colorful illustrations and Smith's vivid prose. Seemingly all weather conditions are discussed, with the focus on the causes and effects of each. A well-written explanation of the greenhouse effect and its ramifications for the future ends the volume. Information is plentiful, explanations are good, and record statistics abound. Unfortunately, the book's format and organization detract from its potential value. While the descriptive illustrations and the book's size suggest a picture book, the text is filled with details more appropriate for a middle-grade audience. No scientific diagrams are included to reinforce the text. Each type of weather is described in a separate titled section, but the sequence seems haphazard and there is no table of contents. The book begins dramatically with a discussion of hurricanes, followed later by sections on wind, air masses, causes of weather change, tornadoes, rainfall, etc. Youngsters with a research assignment on weather will have more success with Weather (Raintree) or Weather (Watts, both 1988) by Martin Bramwell. --Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle Sch . , Montvale, NJ

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