Did You Know?: Rainbows Never End and Other Fun Facts

DISIENA, Laura Lyn & . illus. by Pete Oswald. 32p. S. & S./Little Simon. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481402774; ebk. $5.99. ISBN 9781481402781. LC 2013049947.
PreS-Gr 2—With vibrant illustrations and an engaging narrative, this title presents readers with a range of meteorological concepts, from rainbows and precipitation to solstices and the climate of deserts and rainforests. Smooth transitions link concepts seamlessly, such as the explanation that precipitation is recycled water from the Earth's surface that is linked to the formation of clouds, followed by a discussion of thunderstorms and tornados. Just as rainbows never end, so, too, does this title come full circle, by closing with a discussion of moonbeams and the never-ending universe. Bright images laced with subtle humor will keep young readers interested, as will the text's strategic use of "Did you know?" and "Have you heard of?" questions. A refreshing addition to public and school library meteorology collections.—Meaghan Darling, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
These numerous weather-based bites of information appear in a catchy Q-and-A format that is only occasionally distorted to achieve the gee-whiz factor (e.g., the South Pole's rainfall height but not its volume equals "2 tall glasses of water"). Colorful cartoon animals aptly illustrate the information with a light touch. Unfortunately, there's an incorrect transposition of North and South Poles. "Fun Facts" are appended.

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