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Lightning (Nature in Action) Paperback – October 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Nature in Action
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions; Reprint edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876146175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876146170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4 Up-- Anyone needing a clear exposition of lightning, how it is produced, the different types, and its dangers will find it explained here in cogent detail. Diagrams supplement the well-written narrative in describing scientific concepts. Exceptionally fine, full-color photographs--each a work of art--perfectly illustrate the text, powerfully and spectacularly showing the majesty and might of this phenomenon. Written material and pictures can stand independently, but together they create a masterpiece. Storms (Morrow, 1989) by Simon covers a broader topic and does not treat lightning in as much detail. --Meryl Silverstein, American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2000
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Faidley is one of the best lightning photographer I've ever known and his books are breathtaking yet enjoyable. His books for children are comprehensive. This one is no exception. It is a high-quality production. Be careful! Your kid may get hooked and want to become a meteorologist or storm chaser!
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As a middle school teacher, I have successfully used Lightning by Stephen Kramer with 6th & 7th grade students. I'm sure this book would contribute well to a weather unit in science; I, however, used this book for teaching Language Arts. First I used this book as a way to introduce nonfiction as a genre. We discussed the photography (which is wonderful) and other features typical of nonfiction. Then I used this book later in the year to model descriptive writing and figurative language. The introduction to the book is very well-written and uses several descriptive devices. I love to point out to the students that this is informational text, yet does not use "boring" language like many textbooks. Therefore, the students try to emulate the same techniques in their expository writing. The only reason I didn't rate this book with 5 stars is because it is too long to read aloud in one class period. I highly recommend this book to all middle school teachers!
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