Hurricane Watch (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)

by Melissa Stewart (Author) Taia Morley (Illustrator)

Hurricane Watch (Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2)
Read and find out about how hurricanes form, how scientists track the storms, and what you can do to keep yourself safe if one strikes in this colorfully illustrated nonfiction picture book.Winds whip. Waves crash. Rain pours down. A superstorm moves across the ocean and gets closer and closer to land. Hurricane watch! Perfect for budding meteorologists, and recognized as an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association, Hurricane Watch is bursting with fascinating facts paired with engaging visuals and diagrams.This picture book also includes a Find Out More section with an activity on air pressure, web research prompts, and a glossary of storm and weather vocabulary. Both text and artwork were vetted by Dr. William J. Brennan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for accuracy.This is a clear and appealing science book for early elementary age kids, both at home and in the classroom. It's a Level 2 Let's-Read-and-Find-Out, which means the book explores more challenging concepts for children in the primary grades. Books in this series support the Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) standards. Let's-Read-and-Find-Out is the winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Outstanding Science Series.
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Gr 1-3--The life cycle of a hurricane and its potential effects on a community are presented in this engaging series entry. A family hears the news of an approaching tropical storm from a TV weather person and reviews a checklist of precautions and preparations. Satellites track the storm's progress, and planes fly into it to measure its strength. Scientists on the ground give the hurricanes separate names to keep track of them. Stewart succinctly explains how hurricanes form and develop. Scientific terms are used in sentences and defined in the text. The clear, full-color illustrations amplify scientific concepts, such as how warm ocean water evaporates and spirals up, thereby allowing cooler air to rush in, replace the rising warm air, and begin the rotation of a tropical storm. One of the activities in the "Find Out More About Hurricanes" section invites children to use string, scissors, paper, and a light bulb to explore how heat causes this spiraling. VERDICT Readers and browsers will find a lot to read and see in these spreads.--Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA

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Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than one hundred fifty science books for children. She holds degrees in biology and science journalism. Recent books include Seashells: More Than a Home, Feathers: Not Just for Flying; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; and Can an Aardvark Bark?

Sarah S. Brannen is the author and illustrator of Bear Needs Help, Madame Martine, and the illustrator of Feathers: Not Just for Flying; Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik; and At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui.
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Publication date
June 09, 2015
Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science 2
BISAC categories
JNF051100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Environmental Science & Ecosystems
JNF045000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Readers | Beginner
JNF051160 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Disasters
JNF037080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences - Weather
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