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Thomas, Isabel: Wind (What on Earth?).

Thomas, Isabel

Wind (What on Earth?)

Illustrated by Paul Morgan

QED, 2016, pp64, 8.99 [pounds sterling] 978 1 78493 553 5

This book does exactly what it says on the cover. Even the illustrations indicate the variety of information on offer to the reader; spinning tops, windmills, boats, birds, seeds, leaves and kites.

It opens with some lovely poems to engage the attention of the children. This is followed by the physics of wind, explained in simple terms, with experiments and practical tasks. A Native American story shows how our world has always been important and there is information on myth; and legends involving the wind. The pictorial depiction of the Beaufort Scale is brilliant.

This series takes a cross-disciplinary approach, covering culture, history, geography, arts and crafts, technology, music, as well as the science behind each topic. Templates are provided for making some of the experiments. Internal links encourage children to choose their own path through the book, with each spread providing a new adventure. There is a full glossary and a comprehensive index. This is a brilliant book, worth every penny of its cover price.

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Author:Copland, Carolyn
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Date:Jun 22, 2017
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