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Is it possible to stand in a cloud? How big is a water-drop inside a cloud? Can we predict the weather by looking at clouds? Whether viewed from the ground or from a plane flying high above Earth's surface, clouds give us a lot to think about! In this book, the questions that kids have about clouds are answered through engaging descriptions of the various types of clouds, fun facts about what makes the various cloud-types different, and explanations of how clouds can differ from one another in ways that tell us about what kind of weather we should expect. Filled with information perfectly suited to the abilities and interests of an early elementary audience, this colorful, fact-filled volume gives readers a chance not only to learn about clouds, but also to develop their powers of observation and critical thinking. From vivid details of how a cloud is formed, to an up-close look at cloud-like phenomena such as mist, dew, and fog, this book makes learning about clouds a fun and rewarding experience.

 
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF037080
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2012
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Weather Wise
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781617724046, 9781617724671, 9781617725111
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 551.57'6
Dimensions 10 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Guided Reading Level M
Lexile Reading Level 610
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 3.7
Author Ellen Lawrence
 
  • 2014 Teachers' Choice

What are Clouds?

[Starred review]. Although I am often lucky to learn a few facts from elementary science books, What Are Clouds? is such a clear guide to cloud formation and types that I felt I’d never been properly taught the subject before. Photos, illustrations, and language are all clear and simple (a frog’s eye view of a sunlit pond on page 7, with evaporation illustrated, is particularly lovely). Where this book particularly shines is in the section on cloud types (pages 12, 22), in which the three major families of clouds are described (cumulus, stratus, and cirrus), followed by details on weather predictions given by the thickness and color of each type. The cloud chart of all of these types, on page 22, is nearly poster quality in beauty and clarity. Ellen Lawrence uses clear, simple language without condescension or salesmanship. This text is the rare classroom science book which I can picture a child asking a parent to read, from a lap on a porch with a good view of the clouds and sky.

What are Clouds?

[Starred review]. Although I am often lucky to learn a few facts from elementary science books, What Are Clouds? is such a clear guide to cloud formation and types that I felt I’d never been properly taught the subject before. Photos, illustrations, and language are all clear and simple (a frog’s eye view of a sunlit pond on page 7, with evaporation illustrated, is particularly lovely). Where this book particularly shines is in the section on cloud types (pages 12, 22), in which the three major families of clouds are described (cumulus, stratus, and cirrus), followed by details on weather predictions given by the thickness and color of each type. The cloud chart of all of these types, on page 22, is nearly poster quality in beauty and clarity. Ellen Lawrence uses clear, simple language without condescension or salesmanship. This text is the rare classroom science book which I can picture a child asking a parent to read, from a lap on a porch with a good view of the clouds and sky.

Index
Glossary of key words
Table of contents
Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations