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Weather words and what they mean
Gibbons, Gail.
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Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1990]

Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
Introduces basic weather terms and concepts.
Reading Level:
450 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 57584.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 2 Quiz: 12290 Guided reading level: R.
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Home Location
Central Library QC981.3 .G53 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
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Grand Island Library QC981.3 .G53 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library QC981.3 .G53 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QC981.3 .G53 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Where weather comes from and its common terms.

Author Notes

Gail Gibbons was born in 1944 in Oak Park, Illinois. She received a degree in graphic design from the University of Illinois. She got a job doing artwork for television shows in New York City. She was eventually offered a job creating art for a children's show, where some of the children asked her if she had ever considered doing a children's books. Her first book, Willy and His Wheel Wagon, was published in 1975. Since then she has written and illustrated more than 170 non-fiction books for children including Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rain Forests.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-4. Gibbons casts an eye to the weather, with a nutshell listing of its basic components (temperature, air pressure, moisture, wind) and brief explanations of what they are and how they interact. That leads to quick looks at such phenomena as high- and low-pressure areas, clouds, rainfall, storms, etc. While the format suggests a younger, rather than older, picture book audience, some of the more abstract concepts (such as high and low pressure) will best be understood by kids with some science background. As usual with Gibbons, the colors are fresh and the format friendly--a useful start toward making sense of the jargon that tells us which way the wind blows. --Denise Wilms

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-- Gibbons' easily identifiable artistic style works well with her explanations of sometimes misunderstood weather-related terms. Drawings are appealing, attractively arranged, and closely matched to the textual information. Temperature, air pressure, moisture, and wind are broadly defined and illustrated. Each of the four areas is then broken down further: moisture is illustrated as rain, drizzle, hail, snow, etc. The term describing each type of weather phenomenon is highly visible in large type and is contained in a dialogue balloon that stands out from the accompanying illustration. One page of curious weather facts concludes the book. An attractive introduction for weather units in the primary grades, along with Gibbon's Weather Forecasting (Four Winds, 1987). --Carolyn S. Brodie, Kent State University, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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