My First Guide to Weather

Candlewick/Big Picture. Oct. 2022. 64p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781536226720.
Gr 1-4–The creators capture the beauty and science of weather in this volume. Chiu uses a handwritten and hand-painted style, making the book feel like a field sketchbook, as the artwork identifies and labels different elements found in weather. Some elements are simply labeled, such as cirrus clouds, while others provide more detail, such as how rain clouds work. Among the sections in the book are “Clouds,” “Water,” “Snow and Ice,” and more, with each embedded with art, adding to the sketchbooklike feel. The text also covers historical weather, extremes in weather, and climate change, serving as a well-rounded exploration of the topic.
VERDICT As we continue to grapple with the climate crisis, this is a reader-friendly, accessible tool to understanding a very big, global concern.

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