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Summary: This hands-on guide to our changing climate uses an array of flaps, pull-tabs, wheels and pop-ups to present a lot of fascinating information about the weather and climate conditions around the world. With content arranged by questions (What is a hurricane? Where does the rain come from?) the author delves into a variety of topics that will interest young readers. This is a nonfiction picture book designed to involved readers in learning.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 6 to 10
Reading Level: 3.8
Age of Child: Read with and by a fourth grade class.
Young Reader Reaction: The students loved the interactive elements and the arrangement of the topics. Many of them wanted to check the book out and take it home to look at again.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the fact that the author did not "talk down" to the audience. She crams a lot of information into this book.
Pros: This nonfiction picture book is perfect for use at home and school.
Cons: I don't think it is a major problem but there is so much happening in each section of this book that it almost seems a little cluttered. It is easy to miss some of the interactive features like the pull tabs. My advice is to read the book a couple of times and also run your fingers carefully across each page to make sure you aren't missing out on something hidden behind a tab or wheel.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that you will read many times and the kids will like "playing" with.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.