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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Science Kids: Weather (Non-Fiction)

Released November 2009

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Providing an excellent way to introduce a young child to science, the Kingfisher Science Kids series now numbers over 13 books that cover such topics as birds, reptiles, oceans and seas, maps and mapping, and rocks and fossils.

This newest title looks at the atmospheric world. Youngsters will learn why the wind blows, what a rainbow is made of, how rain forms in clouds and all sorts of other interesting weather related facts. They'll discover that 72 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, that there are different layers of the atmosphere, and that seaweed can be used to predict the weather.

You'll also fine three easy projects to try at home. If your child doesn't wish to make a kite or sun dancer using old CD discs, perhaps creating a rainbow in a glass jar or making a tornado in a big plastic bottle will whet his/her curiosity.

This inexpensive paperback offers a very basic look at some weather related topics. The age-appropriate text is easy to follow, but don't expect a lot of depth in the two page spreads devoted to each topic. On the other hand, the book does offer an ideal launch site from which to begin a more detailed investigation of weather.

Unfortunately, the author does not offer any kid-friendly websites that would further the child's study of a particular area such as snowstorms or the El Nino current.

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