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Clouds

Written by Anne Rockwell

Illustrated by Frane Lessac

HarperCollins (2008)

Watching clouds move and make shapes is fascinating and gives us important information. This book teaches the youngest listeners and readers the names and shapes of clouds they see. It explains which clouds bring good weather and which ones bring storms. Children can become weather forecasters for their family and neighbors!

REVIEWS

“ The Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series is notable for its clear, detailed lessons on every­thing from gravity to volcanoes, illustrated in a jaunty, colorful style. Here, the standard earth-science lesson on where clouds come from and how they’re classified has the charm of a Grandma Moses painting. In a tableau of children playing with flashlights on a dusky gray day, the text helpfully says: 'There's one kind of cloud you can feel standing on the ground. That is fog. It's the lowest kind of cloud.' ”

— The New York Times

“ Rockwell introduces 11 different types of clouds according to their positions in the atmosphere. Besides the basics – fog, cirrus, stratus, and cumulus – she also provides information about cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, cumulonimbus, altostratus, altocumulus, nimbostratus, and stratocumulus. The author describes each type of cloud formation, explains where it is found in the sky, and tells what kind of weather is associated with it. Attractive folk-art-style paintings show the clouds and children playing or working outside. ”

— School Library Journal

“ This entry to the long standing Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 1 series gives basic information about clouds in the easy-to-read picture-book format that is typical for the series. General information is covered, followed by more specific details about the 10 types of clouds and the kind of weather that each type portends. Double-page spreads portray panoramic scenes of children in various outdoor activities with the clouds (one type per page) hovering over them. The unique qualities of each type of cloud are given in two to three sentences of text. Two pages of back matter feature a few additional facts about clouds and simple instructions for making a cloud of your own. The open and uncluttered illustrations suit the topic well. All in all, this is a successful entry in the series. ”

— Booklist

“ The latest in the popular Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, this Stage 1 title explores the different cloud types, their names and the weather each brings. Beginning with the fact that “clouds are made of water and particles of dust too small to see,” the text goes on to describe the different cloud types. Readers will learn that the names of the clouds indicate their height in the sky and their shape. Lessac’s bright palette depicts the seasons and the weather likely to occur underneath each cloud type. Her cast of multicultural kids plays and works in a rural farm setting. Three illustrations repeat, allowing young children to compare all the cloud types on the same page. ”

— Kirkus

“ An easy-to-read picture book introducing the ten different types of clouds with a page devoted to each. Preschoolers will relate to the discussion of weather – humidity, thunderstorms, snow, hail, even fog. Kids wanting to explore clouds even further will love the facts and project at the book's conclusion. ”

— Hooked! Books for Kids blog