Academic journal article Science and Children

How Does the Wind Blow?

Academic journal article Science and Children

How Does the Wind Blow?

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By Lawrence F. Lowery. $10.95. 36 pp. NSTA Kids. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBN: 9781938946134.

This is a story about the air, both around us and in us. We can't see air, but when it moves, we can see its effects on objects around us. This moving air is called wind. Wind cannot be seen, but by observing the objects around us, we can determine how fast the wind is moving.

The children in the illustrations on each page of this book are shown observing the effects of different-strength winds. Readers learn the causes and effects of very gentle winds, called breezes, and very strong winds, called tornadoes. The story ends with a description of the fun things gentle winds can do, such as pushing a toy boat in a pond and helping a kite fly on a sunny, breezy day.

This volume is part of the I Wonder Why series, whose content focuses on Earth science. The stories are all beautifully illustrated on each page. The introduction for adults is identical for all five volumes. In the introduction, the reader learns about what scientists do and how they do it. One also finds a brief summary of the Earth-science topic for each book. …

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