***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.