HOW THE WEATHER WORKS by Christiane Dorion

HOW THE WEATHER WORKS

A Hands-On Guide to Our Changing Climate
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

What causes the weather? Why does the wind blow? How can we predict the weather? Are we changing the climate? Basic explanations of complicated meteorological concepts are presented in bite-sized chunks as answers to these and other common questions about weather and climate. This intriguing presentation has flaps to open, tabs to pull, wheels to turn and cardboard pop-up models that include a stunning 3-D hurricane. The colorful, heavy-duty pages are chock full of painted images, text boxes in different fonts and diagrams. There are plenty of arrows to help readers find their way. The construction is sturdy enough for numerous readings, and the design invites participation. Occasionally readers are addressed directly. Instructions for an experiment demonstrating evaporation and condensation and for making a rain gauge provide extensions beyond the book, but there are no suggestions for further reading or sources. Though the explanations are relatively simple, and the pictures are helpful, the vocabulary is challenging and there is no glossary. Unlike most books written for children about environmental issues today, this also offers no easy, superficial solutions. The focus on the workings of weather, the differentiation of weather and climate and the quick overview of past climates and explanation of climate change provide a helpful base for elementary readers wishing to understand the science behind the concern. (Pop-up nonfiction. 8-12)
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5262-3
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Templar/Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2011




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