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Feel the warmth of a summer day; look at falling snow; listen to distant thunder. Weather is all around us, always changing all the time. Dazzling photos enhance this clear introduction to the many faces of this powerful force of nature."In this well-designed `photo-book,' Simon takes a careful look at the weather—what it is, what causes it, and what affects it. Simple, direct explanations of the atmosphere, cold and warm fronts, and the formation of snow and hail are beautifully complemented by full- and ...
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Overview

Feel the warmth of a summer day; look at falling snow; listen to distant thunder. Weather is all around us, always changing all the time. Dazzling photos enhance this clear introduction to the many faces of this powerful force of nature."In this well-designed `photo-book,' Simon takes a careful look at the weather—what it is, what causes it, and what affects it. Simple, direct explanations of the atmosphere, cold and warm fronts, and the formation of snow and hail are beautifully complemented by full- and half-page color photographs and diagrams....Solid, useful, and accessible, this is a very valuable 40 pages."—Booklist.

Author Biography: Seymour Simon was born in New York City. He received his B.A. degree from City College, New York, and did graduate work there. Mr. Simon is the author of many highly acclaimed science books for young readers. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Commendation from the National Forum on Children's Science Books and the Eva L. Gordon Award from the Nature Society for his contribution to children's science literature. His many award-winning books include How to be a Space Scientist in your own home and photographic books on space: Galaxies, Jupiter, Saturn, The Sun, Stars, Mars, and Uranus. More than sixty of his books have been selected as Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. Some of his most recent books for HarperCollins are Snakes, Big Cats, Whales, and Wolves.Mr. Simon lives in Great Neck, New York.

Explores the causes, changing patterns, and forecasting of weather.

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Editorial Reviews

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Seymour Simon has the uncanny knack of making complex scientific concepts understandable and interesting. Children will be drawn into every aspect of this fine book.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This interesting book, aimed at the elementary student, explains how general weather conditions are formed. Using a simple but well researched text, the author gives a concise explanation of the forces in nature which creates various weather conditions. Using simple but realistic drawings and color photographs, the author helps the reader visualize the effects of the earth's spin, irregular surfaces, and varying amounts of moisture on winds that produce our weather. Various weather conditions, such as warm and cold fronts, rain, hail, snow, and a considerable discussion about the variety of clouds are included. Weather prognostication and the influence of pollution on our weather are also mentioned. It would have been a plus to have a glossary for the weather terms used in the text, however, this is a fine introduction. 2000 (orig. 1993), HarperTrophy, Ages 5 to 9, $15.95 and $6.95. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-As with Simon's previous titles on the individual planets (Morrow), this book is a perfect marriage of words and pictures. Each high-quality, full-color photograph or diagram is truly a work of art, suitable for framing. The large-print text, sometimes superimposed on the illustrations, is easy to read. Beginning with the general effects of the sun and the Earth's rotation, continuing with wind patterns, temperature, clouds, and precipitation, and concluding with smog and the greenhouse effect, the author lucidly discusses all of the terms and elements that constitute tropospheric weather. Instruments and the possible affects of human activity on the atmosphere are touched upon. Unfortunately, the full-page diagrams that demonstrate the way the sun warms the Earth and the speed of its rotation do not clearly explain those phenomena. Gail Gibbons's Weather Words and What They Mean (Holiday, 1990) covers much of the same information, but has a cartoon format. Martyn Bramwell's Weather (Watts, 1988; o.p.) is for older readers.-Meryl Silverstein, American Museum of Natural History, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688175214
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.98 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

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    Weather

    This is another great book by Seymour Simon. Perfect for first and second graders. Easy to understand and simple. I share this book with my 4 and 5 year old grandkids. They can relate to its content. We go outside and talk about the clouds, the wind, and other subjects of nature, including themselves. It turns their little minds on and they have begun asking real questions about life and nature. Very good.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

    Great for Children

    This book was for my son who is interested in the weather and all aspects of it. Great pictures and easy for him to read. Explains about the different types of weather, and what it does. A must for those who want to teach kids or adults about our weather in everyday life.

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