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Weather: Flip The Flaps    by Mike Goldsmith & John Butler order for
by Mike Goldsmith
Order:  USA  Can
Kingfisher, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Part of the publisher's Flip the Flaps series, this book for children three years of age and up explores weather. I like the idea that the book begins by defining a list of ten simple but important Weather Words such as sunshine, rain, hurricane and snow.

Once the vocabulary is established, the reader is ready for his or her introduction to sunny weather, clouds and rain, thunder and lightning, rainbows, fog and mist, the wind, and, finally, ice and snow.

Each two page spread includes a short paragraph about the facet of weather discussed and three related questions. For example, What are clouds made of? Which colors are in the rainbow? Is it safe to look in the sun?

To get the answer to the question the reader just flips the half page over. You'll also find additional bits of information and illustrations that range from showing different types of wet weather gear to picturing three kinds of snowflakes.

Obviously this isn't an extremely detailed picture book, but it is an ideal way to introduce a preschooler to weather. Once you've whet the child's curiosity, you can find something a little more challenging.

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