Wind can tickle your face or whistle through an open window. Did you
know that some wind travels faster than a car? Air is always moving. We
can't see air move, though we can watch it push clouds across the sky,
or shake the leaves of a tree. From gentle breezes to powerful
hurricanes, find out about the wind-what causes it, how it can be used
to help us, and how it affects the weather. Learn how to make your own
weather vane, and find out, in simple terms and with playful
illustrations, just what makes the wind that blows all around us.
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"Wind, which may be difficult for children to understand because it
can't be seen, is clearly explained and delightfully illustrated. Ages
5-9."–New Books for Young Readers, College of Education, University of
"A comprehensible definition of what causes the wind to blow is followed
by sensory examples of feeling, hearing, and seeing the effects of wind,
which are easy for youngsters to grasp."–Booklist
"It's wonderful!...an excellent book to widen horizons-do you know what a
chinook is? A sirocco?"–Rochester Post Bulletin
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council
Author's note: the story behind the story
As I grew up, I took the expression "go fly a kite" literally. It
didn't take any convincing, I loved to fly kites. I made some, bought
others, and always wanted to see how high I could fly them. I would tie
several balls of twine together so I'd have the longest string possible.
With a good breeze I flew kites until they were just the tiniest dots in
the sky. One day, I felt a sudden tug on the kite string as a strong
gust of wind caught the kite high above me. The string floated to the
ground in a swooping, curling line, and the kite that had been a dot
disappeared. Gone was the small sky ship of paper and sticks.
I calculated from the direction the wind was blowing and how hard, where
I thought the kite might be. I hopped on my bicycle, and about a mile
away, after riding up and down a couple of blocks searching every tree,
saw my kite stuck in the branches of a tree. I felt lucky, as if I'd
found lost treasure, and I climbed and got it. I liked to climb trees
anyway to sway with them in the wind.
I've felt the push of winds while sailing in boats, the hot winds of the
tropics, and seen boards and trash cans flying sideways in hundred-mile
an hour winds of storms. I'm sure you've often felt the wind too. In
writing and illustrating this book I learned how both strong and gentle
winds come to be, more about what they can do, and their part in the
weather around me and you.