Internet-linked reference books
Weather and climate change
What is the greenhouse effect? Why do hurricanes happen? How can we stop global warming? This informative introduction to weather and climate explains key concepts using stunning photographs, detailed diagrams and clear text. With contents and index pages, plus Usborne Quicklinks to recommended websites with more information and video explanations.
Key Stage: KS3/4 S/G; Age 8+
Library edition hardback:
276 x 216mm
Author/Editor: Laura Howell
Illustrator: Keith Furnival
The target audience should find the book to be a most enjoyable and informative read. It has excellent internet links which enable the reader to download diagrams, learn more on a particular topic and visit over 100 related websites. It is filled with simple experiments such as how to see sunspots and how to create a rainbow, and demonstrates how easy it is to use items from around the house to explain scientific theories.’ The pages are filled with diagrams which are attractive and detailed yet clear and make each subject eg the structure of the atmosphere, accessible to the reader.’
MetLink - Royal Meteoroligical Society resources for schools
Usborne are well-known for the quality of their educational books, and this one is no exception. It tackles the very topical issue of climate change, while putting it in the context of weather patterns generally. It is written with internet links on every page, so that readers can explore the topic in greater depth if they have access to a computer, and comes with some sensible advice for parents about supervised access to the internet. It tackles some difficult science in an accessible way, without being patronising. The layout of the pages is excellent and there are some beautiful photos.
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