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***The Kids' Book of Clouds and Sky

written and photographed by Frank Staub

Reviewed September 12, 2004.
Sterling Publishing, New York, 2003.  80 pages.

The Kids’ Book of Clouds & Sky is a beautifully photographed book that answers any question I could think of about clouds and the daytime sky.  There’s also a small section on the night-time sky, but the complete coverage of clouds and weather is the book’s strength.

Frank Staub answers many questions I’d never seen in a kids’ book before, covering topics like double rainbows and fronts and explaining high and low pressure zones.  He explains why “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” is usually correct, but “Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” isn’t as often a true forecast.

I also liked the quiz at the end of the section on clouds.  It showed photographs of skies with more than one kind of cloud and asked the reader to identify them.  This was a nice way to solidify the facts that had gone before, and it seemed more realistic than only looking at pictures of one type of cloud at a time.

This is a well-done book, suitable both for writing reports or simply reading for enjoyment.

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