Illustrated byJohnWallace, 2004
Library Binding, Aladdin
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Clouds come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be white and fluffy or dark and scary. But where do clouds come from? The answer is at your fingertips. Just open this book and read about the wonders of clouds.

Illustrations and simple text explain three types of clouds—stratus, cumulus, and cirrus.

“Two bright paperbacks in the Ready-to-Read series work well together to present some basic facts about weather for beginning readers. Clouds introduces three kinds of clouds--cirrus, stratus, and cumulus--and explains how they form and what they do for humans ("They give us shade . . .They send our water back to us"). Rain describes how the drops of water in the clouds grow larger and heavier until they fall, bringing relief from heat, and then explains how water goes up to gather in the clouds again. Bauer's text is very simple, just one or two sentences on each double-page spread, and Wallace's line-and-watercolor illustrations show preschoolers outside in the rain and the sun. Both books end with a list of facts for adults and kids to talk about together.




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