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Weather – a book review

on June 4, 2009

We started studying the weather by reading a book on the subject from a series of which I am inordinately fond: Usborne Beginners. As the name suggests, the series is aimed at beginning readers, ages 4 and up. Nonetheless, it has been my first port of call when looking for a new factual book for Froglet ever since he got given one about aeroplanes when he was around two. He loved it – still does – and I learned a few things too. I think we now own about ten of the books from this series, covering various topics. The explanations are simple but not overly so, the illustrations are a nice combination of drawings and photos, and there are always interesting snippets that a small child can relate to (e.g. the air above the clouds is 6 times colder than the inside of a freezer).

This particular book, succinctly entitled Weather, didn’t disappoint us. It discusses pretty much everything you might expect a younger child to understand (avoiding hot and cold fronts and air pressure but covering tornado formation, clouds and the water cycle) and makes it interesting. No mention of rainbows though, now I come to think of it. Perhaps most children already know about those?

As in all this series, the end of the book provides a brief vocab list with accompanying pictures. I was rather pleased when we got there and Froglet pointed to a picture of a hurricane tearing the roof off a house and said “That’s a twelve” (meaning a force twelve wind). He obviously retained something.

I don’t think this book will be a perennial favourite like Firefighters or Planes, but that’s more down to Froglet’s areas of interest, and it’s not going to sit on the shelf unread for the next year either. We give it 9/10.

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One response to “Weather – a book review

  1. yoongz says:

    Oh i love those books too – for obvious reasons as well as the ones you mentioned ;p
    Maybe a rainbow isn't considered part of weather?? It is an after event??
    Anyhow, there's a new one out called Ships.
    Tobias retains great amounts of info from these books too 😉

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