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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.

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"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"

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