Valerie Wyatt. Illustrated by Pat Cupples.
Volume 18 Number 3
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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