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Temperature and you
Maestro, Betsy.
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New York : Lodestar Books, [1990]

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32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Discusses what temperature is and how it is measured.
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QC271.4 .M34 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Discusses what temperature is and how it is measured.

Author Notes

Betsy Maestro was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in elementary guidance from Southern Connecticut State College. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a kindergarten and first grade teacher for eleven years. During that time she became aware of the need for imaginative nonfiction to spark children's interests.

She has been creating books with her husband Giulio since 1974. She writes and he does the illustrating. They are best known for their nonfiction titles which include the American Story series. Together, they have produced over ninety titles. Her other works include How Do Apples Grow? and Why Do Leaves Change Color?

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3 "Temperature is how hot or cold something is"--a simple enough concept but one young children don't think about in terms of their everyday lives. The Maestros cultivate this awareness by showing how a thermometer's red line indicates relative warmth or cold, how sunlight affects seasonal air temperatures, and how heat and cold are harnessed to make our lives more comfortable. A little biology is provided as well in portions that describe body temperature, fever, and steps taken to keep a body warm or cool. Friendly pictures in perky colors show specifically what the authors are talking about; the book's open, cheerful appearance makes this suitable as a nonfiction read-aloud. --Denise Wilms

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- An extremely elementary summary of what temperature is and how it is measured on thermometers, without mentioning numbers--only high and low. Maestro explains the concept of temperature in terms children can understand: snow and ice versus lots of sunshine and the warmth of summer; the usefulness of cold to preserve food in refrigerators in contrast to that of heat for ironing wrinkles out. Giulio Maestro's flat, realistic watercolors fill every page, reinforcing and supplementing the text. His characters are middle-class, interracial, nonsexist, family oriented house-dwellers in Pleasantville, USA who enact scenes from everyday life on well-designed pages. For curious readers, the final page of notes gives a few more detailed explanations of such terms as boiling points, shivering and sweating, and Fahrenheit and Celsius scales. However, science teachers will find this limited beyond simply introducing the concepts of hot and cold. --Sylvia S. Marantz, Wellington School, Columbus, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.