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Why did green rain fall on Moscow in 1987? Where does wind come from? What exactly is fog? Using the popular Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format employed by many Web sites, this book allows kids to find out everything they need to know about all sorts of weird and wonderful weather. Sprinkled throughout are amazing weather facts and legends, incredible real-life weather ...
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Overview

Why did green rain fall on Moscow in 1987? Where does wind come from? What exactly is fog? Using the popular Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format employed by many Web sites, this book allows kids to find out everything they need to know about all sorts of weird and wonderful weather. Sprinkled throughout are amazing weather facts and legends, incredible real-life weather stories, as well as hands-on activities and experiments. And the eye-popping illustrations make learning fun! Kids can read about
• hurricanes
• El Ni?o
• acid rain
• global warming
• weather forecasting
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Editorial Reviews

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Weather features far more than bruised-looking skies and wild winds, but its comprehensive coverage of conventional weather phenomena and trendy topics such as El Nino will please adults without boring kids.

Wyatt presents ? interesting and informative data on a wide variety of topics ? Colorful graphics provide an eye-catching element, and the Q & A format will appeal to reluctant researchers.

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Using the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)" format of some Web sites (though who asks these questions is not addressed), Wyatt presents some interesting and informative data on a wide variety of topics. Winds, clouds, precipitation, and global warming are among the subjects covered in bites ranging from a sentence or two to several brief paragraphs. Sidebars offer records, statistics, and interesting bits of related trivia. Instructions with clear diagrams are given for making a barometer and a weather vane, as are techniques for capturing a snowflake, measuring raindrops, and checking particulates in the atmosphere. A list of weather extremes and minimalist cloud and snowflake charts complete the work. Colorful graphics provide an eye-catching element, and the Q & A format will appeal to reluctant researchers. For those needing more data, Derek Elsom's detailed Weather Explained (Holt, 1997), Brian Cosgrove's highly visual Weather (Knopf, 1991), or Seymour Simon's attractive Weather (Morrow, 1993) should be considered, but for a quick weather fix, this browsable book may fill a short bill.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Do you want to learn about a tornado that plucked the feathers off of a chicken? Or learn how to make lightning in your mouth? Have you ever wondered how big a raindrop is? This book will teach you about all of these topics and will illustrate some fun and educational experiments as well. Weather: Frequently Asked Questions , by Valerie Wyatt and Brian Share, a colorful, easytoread book for late elementary school children, includes a helpful, comprehensive glossary, a list of weather extremes, and a good cloud chart. The illustrations in the beginning of the book show children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The later pictures are mainly of penguins. The scientific information is current, but in some instances has been simplified so much that it could mislead the reader. Most of the topics presented are covered well, but some (e.g., El Niño) are glossed over. Readers can conduct several practical and easy experiments, include gathering snowflakes, collecting air samples, and creating a weather vane and barometer, to learn more about the weather around them. Although these experiments are simplified, several of them involve the need for nails, hammers, or scissors. None of the experiments come with a warning or caution the children or adults involved. Overall, this book gives a valuable overview of all aspects of meteorology that is sure to pique the interest of many aspiring scientists. Recommended, Grades 36. REVIEWER: Jane P. Gardner (Littleton Jr./Sr. High School) ISBN: 1550745824
Kirkus Reviews
paper: 1-55074-815-7 Frequently asked questions about the weather are answered by the author who created Earthlings: Inside and Out (1999). The fussy layout, with four or more colored boxes on each double-page spread, and fanciful illustrations moving in and out of the pages, makes this a quick pick-up for casual browsing, but a difficult read. Wyatt tries to explain hard questions with brief answers. For example, she tackles "Why is it so hot in some places and so cold in others?" in five brief paragraphs, saying: "Whether you freeze or fry depends on a lot of things." She lists how close you are to the equator, and whether you live near a large body of water. On the next page she indicates "mountains can make the weather wetter—or drier—than nearby areas." But never clarifies the effect wet and dry have on temperature. She concludes: "So where you live has a lot to do with how hot or cold—and how rainy or dry—it is." The illustrations by newcomer Share are glossy and often humorous, but they don't support the text. For example, for the question above, he shows a globe with a snow-suited child standing at the Arctic and a penguin with swimming trunks on a recliner near Mexico. A side bar shows a thermometer with a separate question, and the companion page shows red and blue cloud boxers bumping, and a mountain with rain on one side and dry land on the other. Other pages show flying penguins, toilets, tires, and parrots as well as camels in baseball caps. It's goofy, but why? Colorful and clever, but hard to understand. (glossary, cloud chart, extreme weather guide, snow chart, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550748154
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: FAQ Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Wyatt is an award-winning editor and writer and the author of more than 14 nonfiction children?s books, many of them about science. Her FAQ Weather won the 2000 Science in Society Award, and in 2004 she received the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence. Valerie lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and her dog, MacPherson.
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