Books by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

WHAT MAKES A BLIZZARD? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A solid contribution to the venerable series, offering an unusual mix of history and science. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
An account of the "Schoolchildren's Blizzard" of 1888, with explanations of how blizzards form and are forecast. Read full book review >
PHONES KEEP US CONNECTED by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: March 21, 2017

"A bit behind the times but nevertheless a sturdy addition to a venerable series, filling in a ubiquitous device's historical and technological background. (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A basic explanation for younger children who wonder how telephones work and how they were invented. Read full book review >
HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: July 5, 2016

"A watertight addition to the venerable Let's Read and Find Out collection. (websites) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
A straightforward dive into the watery abyss, with passing views of some select exotic residents. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF THE SEASONS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: April 22, 2014

"Incorporating both a story and solid science in an engaging way, this is an accessible and welcome addition to the sometimes-confusing reasons-for-the-seasons shelf. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Alice, who formerly discovered The Secrets of the Garden (2012), is back to explore the seasons with her friend Zack and her little brother, Pete (and, of course, the two intelligent chickens that provide expert commentary). Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Sure to become a standard go-to for elementary teachers and gardeners alike, this is bound to spark some backyard explorations. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
Zoehfeld's latest is a wonderfully informative and enjoyable journey through one family's backyard garden, from spring planting to fall harvest. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR TRACKS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: April 1, 2007

"A make-your-own fossil activity is appended to the text, but there is no glossary or pronunciation guide that might also help the intended reader. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Starting from a child's experience of leaving footprints in sand or mud, an experienced author-illustrator pair introduces young readers to the work of ichnologists studying fossilized dinosaur tracks. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF KING TUT’S MUMMY by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"The illustrations are unlikely to carry as much visual interest as the photos and images of golden artifacts in the likes of Giovanni Caselli's In Search of Tutankhamen: The Discovery of a King's Tomb (1999) or Zahi A. Hawass's Tutankhamen: The Mystery of the Boy King (2005). (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Adding a light dusting of invented detail, Zoehfeld retraces the course of Howard Carter's youth and career to its dramatic high point, mentions the "curse" in a single brief, dismissive passage, then closes with a note on modern investigations into the causes of King Tut's early death. Read full book review >
DID DINOSAURS HAVE FEATHERS? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Young dinosaur enthusiasts will love this fascinating information. (activity pages) (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
Zoehfeld takes a crack at the titular question for budding scientists. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS BIG AND SMALL by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: May 1, 2002

"While there is little new here, this is a non-threatening additional purchase for the dinosaur set. (Nonfiction. 5-7)"
An introduction to dinosaurs for younger readers, this Stage 1 "Lets-Read-And-Find-Out Science" title describes big and little dinosaurs from Diplodocus, "one of the biggest," to Mussaurus, only as large as a baby-bird when hatched. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 2001

"Fascinating. (suggested reading, glossary, dinosaur dictionary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
What kind of parent was Tyrannosaurus rex? Read full book review >
TERRIBLE TYRANNOSAURS by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"While it will certainly find its audience, this title needs a little less lurid illustration and some documentation. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
There are lunging, snapping, biting Tyrannosaurus rex's on nearly every page of this Let's-Read-And-Find-Out About title. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR BABIES by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: Sept. 30, 1999

"Washburn's illustrations take a nonthreatening to the subject, casting the rosy-toned dinosaurs as friendly rather than imposing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
A highly accessible entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series that takes a look at baby dinosaurs, primarily maiasaurs and oviraptors. Read full book review >
HOW MOUNTAINS ARE MADE by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Released: May 30, 1995

"A little explanation will go a long way, though, and Zoehfeld and Hale's affection for the subject comes through on every page. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
A charming interracial group of young children set out one Saturday to climb a local mountain. Read full book review >