Informative weather facts are featured in this book, which covers seasons, precipitation, and clouds. The text also briefly explains severe weather. Questions throughout keep readers and listeners thinking about their own experiences with the weather. The photographs work well for the intended audience. A four-page section with suggested activities, teaching tools, and a short quiz is included, but the title lacks a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
.–Kristin Unruh, Siersma Elem. Sch., Warren, MI
A strong participatory element dominates, as young readers are encouraged to consult the pictures or their personal environments to consider such prompts as, “Describe what you see in the sky around you.” The book also applies discussions to daily life through questions referencing the different kinds of activities and clothes appropriate for different weather. Such are distinguishable from the descriptive text only through italicization, blurring the distinction. Stock photographs featuring children of multiple racial presentations dominate the pages, providing strong visual representations of discussed topics but likely garnering little investment from readers.
By asking simple questions (and providing the basic information required to answer them), with "What's the Weather?: A What, Why, or Where Book" from the editorial staff of Arbordale Publishing children ages 4-8 can become entertainingly and informationally engaged and can start to observe and make correlations about the weather around them -- all so they will understand how the weather impacts their lives. While especially appropriate and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book science collections...
It is great to have a well-written, well-researched non-fiction book that is also filled with beautiful photographs and text that is succinct, yet written at a level for youngsters to listen to or read on their own (for emerging readers). This book will not only teach without being didactic but will engage youngsters with the combination of that text with bright, colorful photos that accompany and support the text. The book asks questions as readers go through which will help the adult reading or helping emerging readers to engage youngsters in critical thinking.