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How the Weather Works: A Hands-on Guide to Our Changing Climate (Explore the Earth) Hardcover – February 8, 2011

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What causes the weather? Why does the wind blow? How can we predict the weather? Are we changing the climate? Basic explanations of complicated meteoroligical 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 vocaulary 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) --Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2011

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Christiane Dorion is a writer and educational consultant who has taught about sustainable development for more than twenty years. She lives in England.

Beverley Young has exhibited paintings in galleries across the U.K. She lives in England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Explore the Earth
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Ltf Nov Po edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763652628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763652623
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brisinger on January 22, 2012
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This was a gift for my 5 year old nephew. He's old beyond his years. He can read with help and loved the book
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By Patrick R. Paris II on January 6, 2015
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Super cute book
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