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Valerie Wyatt. Illustrated by Pat Cupples.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1990.
95pp., paper, $9.95.
ISBN 0-92110363-8. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Weather-Juvenile literature.
Weather-Experiments-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11

Reviewed by Eve Williams.

Volume 18 Number 3
1990 May

If you open the staff room fridge one day and find a fly in a bottle, then you have only Valerie Wyatt to blame. She suggests that the inquisitive reader can find out how hot and cold weather affect a cold-blooded animal - the common housefly - and assures us that the experiment "won't hurt a fly."

In Weather Watch the author takes us through six sections: "Weather and You," "Put Your Head in the Clouds," "It's Raining, It's Snowing," "It's in the Wind," "Weird Weather" and "Forecasting the Weather." Each section starts off with a double-page spread of thought-provoking statements and questions and leads into experiments and information.

I liked the experiments, which could be done in classroom or kitchen, to produce rain, rainbows and clouds, and filtering rainwater to assess pollution, but some of these activities - producing clouds, producing smog, and making rain - definitely require adult supervision.

The illustrations by Pat Cupples, whilst full of jolly, chirpy little characters, are overly grey, and the tone-on-tone artwork gives the book the atmosphere of an overcast day.

On balance, despite the witty and interesting text, I think this book will be of greatest value to the classroom teacher. Unlike Balloon Science ¹ by Etta Kaner this is not so much a book for dipping into. However, the information and explanations are great, so it is recommended for teachers and for subject reference areas.

Eve Williams, MacNaughton High School, Moncton, NB.

¹ Reviewed vol. XVIII/2 March 1990, p.70.

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