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Annotation: Illustrations and simple text explain what rain is, how it is used by plants, birds, and people, and the importance of clean water.
Catalog Number: #248813
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2004
Edition Date: c2004
Illustrator: Wallace, John,
Pages: 32 p.
Availability: Special Order Only - Contact Customer Service at +1 800 637-6581 or +1 217 243-5451
ISBN: Publisher: 0-689-85439-0 Perma-Bound: 0-605-36185-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-689-85439-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-36185-0
Dewey: 551.57
LCCN: 2002009525
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Two books for very new readers explore various types of clouds and provide an elementary review of the water cycle. The hazy illustrations, which look like watercolors, are unsuitable to the discussion of clouds, where more detailed images could help extend the rudimentary text. The oversimplification of difficult concepts results in a few misleading statements.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Two simple science books for beginning readers. The first title introduces the different types of clouds (cirrus, stratus, and cumulus) by stating their defining characteristics. In Rain, a day goes from hot to rainy to clear again, but the scientific concept is not as clearly expressed. Elucidating the cyclical nature of the water cycle without using the word "evaporation" is a daunting challenge. Stating that a puddle "goes into the sky" is not an adequate explanation. Both volumes are illustrated with appealing one- and two-page paintings that show children interacting with their environment and end with a page of additional facts. These books are aimed at less advanced readers than either the "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science" series (HarperCollins) or the "Rookie Read-about Science" series (Children's). Clouds provides brief, but adequate coverage of its topic; Rain is too vague and general to be useful.-Lisa Smith, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Horn Book (8/1/04)
School Library Journal
Word Count: 129
Reading Level: 1.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 77363 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q38512
Lexile: 310L
Guided Reading Level: I
Fountas & Pinnell: I

Drip, drop, plop, rain falls from the sky. Rain turns dirt into mud and makes puddles on sidewalks. It also helps flowers grow. But where does rain come from? The answer is at your fingertips. Just open this book and read about the wonders of rain.

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