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Grade 2-4?This newly illustrated edition of Rain and Hail (Crowell, 1983) is a concise and informative look at the water cycle. Branley provides a fundamental understanding of how water is recycled, how clouds are formed, and why rain and hail occur. A few easy science activities are included. Words that might be unfamiliar to readers are defined in context. The pen-and-ink with watercolor wash paintings clearly interpret the concepts presented on each page. Throughout the book, speech bubbles from a group of children provide further clarification. This beginning reader would be especially useful to elementary teachers, but will also fill a niche for young researchers.?Stephani Hutchinson, Pioneer Elementary School, Sunnyside, WA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Franklyn M. Branley is one of the co-founders of the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series and the author of close to 150 popular books about scientific topics for young readers of all ages. He is Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planetarium.

Dr. Branley lives in Sag Harbor, New York.



James Graham Hale has illustrated several other books for children, including 'Round and Around by James Skofield; Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies by Ann Turner, a Reading Rainbow Featured Selection; and Barney Is Best by Nancy White Carlstrom. Mr. Hale lives in Ulster Park, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Ill edition (August 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451666
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Franklyn Branley was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum-Hayden Planeterium. In 1960, he originated the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, dedicated to explaining science to young children and encouraging them to explore their world. Dr. Branley is the author of over 150 science books for children.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Down Comes The Rain is an excellent book that introduces to young children the formation of rain and where it actually comes from. It also discusses the transformation of water into ice and also the evaporation of water. Children can understand the book through its simple terms and colorful illustrations. Rain is just one of the many things that young children often wonder about. It is a very good book that can be added to any elementary classroom when discussing a unit on weather or simply to have at home to read togther on rainy days! Many hands-on activities, such as putting a teaspoon of water into a saucer and coming back to see that it has evaporated into the air, can be done by using this book. I have added this book to my list that I plan to use in the classroom!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on July 23, 2008
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This is a nice book to read aloud to those in the range of 4-8 years, and could be read by a 2nd-grader. The book does a good job explaining the water cycle, condensation, evaporation, the formation of clouds, hail, etc. It's easy to understand and enjoyable to read. The illustrations are wonderful also. There are practical illustrations and activity suggestions, like putting a teaspoon of water on a plate to evaporate, boiling water on the stove, or filling a glass of water with ice to away condensation.

I'd recommend this as a good book on the topic for anyone with preschoolers or early elementary age children; it's a nice addition to our homeschooling library. My only gripe is that it's mentioned that water vapor in clouds can turn into rain and into hail, but there's not even a passing mention of snowflakes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By valarie on October 5, 2010
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Great book series for kids who are curious and love to learn. I have bought several and my son loves them. I have given them as gifts as well with great response.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Godfrey on June 12, 2010
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The illustrations really make this book stand out. There are lots of little details and funny things to keep kids interested. Also teaches a lot about weather.
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By B. Marlow on March 8, 2013
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This is a great little science book for kids. It is entertaining enough to keep their attention and the concepts are explained in an easy to understand manner. I got this for my second-grader, who although loves science, normally finds "science" books on the boring side. He has assigned reading each night, and we are trying to branch out of fiction some. I ordered this book and a few more in the series and he immediately wanted to read them when they came in the mail. He read them without prompting all by himself. When asked about them later, he readily repeated what he had learned and wanted to share the book with others. :-) I'm so very glad I made the purchase. Even our younger son, who is only 3 1/2 likes this book. Although he is a bit too young to understand all the concepts, he likes looking at the pictures of rain, clouds, etc, and talking about the book with us in more simplified terms.
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I've purchased quite a few of these Read and Find out books for my six year old son. I home school him and am always looking for good books that explain science stuff in a simple enough manner. He is currently in second grade. I would say these books are good for the 4-8 year old range, depending on the child. I also like that most of the books have one or two simple experiments at the end. This particular book has an experiment towards the beginning. It explains rain, evaporation, and how clouds form in a manner that is simple to understand- not too much detail, just enough for a young child to grasp.
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I love the "Let's Read and Find Out" series. Perfect for a four year old. We use these books to home school preschool science. The answer to "where does rain come from?" is found in this book with thought provoking illustrations that are appealing to little eyes. As a companion to this book we are using from the same series "Clouds" and "What will the Weather Be?".
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By Nana Nancy on April 26, 2014
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Kids (5&6) loved learning about rain and how if forms, Nana learned something too. I like these books because they are actually learning something while they read and the pictures are very helpful in telling the story. It was still a little hard for them to read on their own, but at least they tried.
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