What’s the Weather?: A What, Why, or Where Book

Arbordale. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781643518206.
PreS-Gr 2–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. “The Six Parts of Weather” page contains awkward phrasing. Additionally, one of the six parts of weather lacks a guiding question or idea. This book may work better as a teaching device rather than as an independent read for kids. Some vocabulary will need to be defined for young readers, as they are not sight words. Unless a child is interested in meteorology, this offering will likely be used only in an educational setting.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for classrooms and libraries looking to bulk up their basic weather sections. The book could be used to supplement a weather curriculum in preschool and elementary classrooms.

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