BUSY WINDS by Irma Simonton Black


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The familiar, homely and fluid shifts to precise scientific explanation, and falters. As an evocation of ""many kinds of wind,"" this is similar to other picture books and more attractively illustrated than some. But children are apt to be confused or misled repeatedly by the attempt to chart the cause and course of the winds. The spread on jet streams (which should have been called ""so-called jet streams"") show two planes moving in opposite directions, one above the other: the one ostensibly flying in the jet stream appears to be ""above"" the sun and both have jet trails, another unnecessary complication. Further, the representations of the earth turning (to make the winds curve) shows a sphere as free-moving as a basketball -- sometimes it even seems to be resting on the equator, and it never does tilt on its axis. Busy Winds is a maelstrom: for dependability, stick to Bendick (Winds, 1965).

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1968
Publisher: Holiday House