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Kindergarten-Grade 4This useful book, first published with humdrum illustrations by Ed Emberley (Crowell, 1964; o.p.), underwent a major metamorphosis in 1985, with a rearranged and revised text accompanied by colorful, inviting illustrations by Barbara and Ed Emberley. Now, in a general revamping of the entire series, this simple treatise on thunder and lightning has been transformed. The text contains minor revisions, and Kelleys watercolor illustrations are bright and appealing. Diagrams are clearer and labeling promotes easier interpretation. Also included, for active home investigators (or enthusiastic classroom teachers), is a page containing two simple weather experiments and a list of three Internet weather sites. Nicely done.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Franklyn M. Branley was the originator 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 was Astronomer Emeritus and former Chairman of the American Museum of Natural History-Hayden Planetarium.



True Kelley has illustrated many favorite books for children in her fun-filled watercolor style, including several in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She and the author previously collaborated on What Makes a Magnet? and What the Moon is Like?

True Kelley lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 500 (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (April 9, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064451798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064451796
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,379 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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My two boys, now aged 3 and almost 5, have asked for this constantly over a period of two years. They put it in the top five the top of their favorite books list and we have a LOT of outstanding books. My older boy has wowed several adults with his lectures on how lightening and thunder work. I highly recommend the book/cassette combination. My husband and I also enjoy listening to it after many, many hearings. It is entertaining, soothing, interesting, and educational.
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This book is designed to provide beginning readers with information about thunderstorms, and safety. It includes information on how to make a cloud, rain gauge and web sites. Very good reading for grade levels 1-3.
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This book isn't exactly for younger kids -- it's far too scary for little ones, and doesn't really give them any context.

It "warns" kids of the danger of lightning by saying that it can start your house on fire, and that it kills cows and horses and people. And that if there is a storm, they should stay away from TVs, bathtubs, sinks, phones, wires, and pipes, because they all carry lightning into the house. And the way it's presented, it makes it seem like those things are all pretty much guaranteed during a storm (but also tells kids to get inside immediately during a storm, because otherwise they're at risk of getting struck by lightning).

So, if you want your youngster to be terrified of lightning, by all means, read this book to them. I'd probably skip this one.
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This book gives a great description that EVERYONE can understand about rain, thunder and lightning. We have tried in so many different ways to teach our daughter about this phenomena and when we read the book she realized that we were telling the truth!
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I purchased this book for my two grandsons, ages 3 and 5 years old. The younger of the two sometimes gets really scared when the thunder rolls and the lightening flashes. We've explained to him what is happening, but this book was an excellent "hands on" explanation of it, along with the pictures. It has helped the little one so much. The older grandson is interested in the weather in general, and is always ready to learn something new about it, and so was happy to have the book. The book fit both the boys very well.
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I bought this book for my twin 7 year old girls. They are always asking questions about storms/rain and one is very scared of them. I thought since it looked educational it may help take some of her fear away once she had a better understanding. Thankfully, I decided to read it first before I read it with them. On page 11 it says, "Planes stay out of these dark thunderclouds. The rushing air could turn a plane upside down. It could even rip off the wings." REALLY???? This is a children's book! The last thing a parent wants is for a child to be afraid of flying if the weather isn't just perfect! I was stunned to read this page. The rest of the book is fairly good, but not what I was expecting, I think it would promote anxiety in a child too young.
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I cannot say how many, many times I read this book to my children and then found them reading it to themselves! Storms are a scary thing to children, and I think the way this book explains what happens takes some of the mystery out of it making it a little less scary. As usual with the read and find out series, there is usually a bit that the parent learns as well! A great homeschool book.
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Since we have moved to the South from California, my 5 year old has been a little frightened of thunder and lightning. This book explains what creates thunder and lightning in language a child of her age can understand. I highly recommend any book in this series.
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