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Remarking that ``nothing about the weather is very simple," Simon goes on to describe how the sun, atmosphere, earth's rotation, ground cover, altitude, pollution, and other factors influence it; briefly, he also tells how weather balloons gather information. Even for this outstanding author, it's a tough, complex topic, and he's not entirely successful in simplifying it; moreover, the import of the striking uncaptioned colour photos here isn't always clear. One passage--``Cumulus clouds sometimes build up into towering masses called cumulus congestus, or swelling cumulus, which may turn into cumulonimbus clouds"--is superimposed on a blue-grey, cloud-covered landscape. But which kind of clouds are these. Another photo, in blue-black and white, shows what might be precipitation in the upper atmosphere, or rain falling on a darkened landscape, or.... Generally competent and certainly attractive, but not Simon's best. (Nonfiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Seymour Simon has the uncanny knack of making complex scientific concepts understandable and interesting. Children will be drawn into every aspect of this fine book."-- "Boston Globe""Readers of all ages should be intrigued by this boldly crafted lesson."-- "The Horn Book"