Great Illustrated Books

I Face the Wind

By Vicki Cobb, Illustrated by Julia Gorton

HarperCollins, 2003
Pages : HarperCollins, 2003
Suggested Ages: 4-7
ISBN: 0688178405

A young girl demonstrates the properties of wind through her own observations and a series of easy-to-read-and-do activities and experiments, using common household materials, that teach science through experience. The collage illustrations are amiable and appealing and the question-filled text will get readers thinking, testing, and drawing scientific conclusions. There are questions to consider: Can you name some things you see wind do? Why does the wind push you? What is wind made of? (Do you remember that Donovan song from the 1960s with the refrain, "Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind."?) In one simple experiment, the girl actually does catch the wind, in a plastic bag. (Try it. Open your plastic bag, twirl it to catch the air, and twist it shut. There. You've just caught the wind. Easy.) In the most visual experiment, the girl weighs air, using two balloons, a pencil, coat hanger, and two pieces of tape.

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If you love this book, then try:

Bauer, Marion Dane. Wind. Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Climo, Shirley. The Match Between the Winds. Macmillan, 1991.

Cobb, Vicki. I Get Wet. HarperCollins, 2002.

Cobb, Vicki. I See Myself. HarperCollins, 2002.

Dorros, Arthur. Feel the Wind. Collins, 1990.

Ets, Marie Hall. Gilberto and the Wind. Viking, 1963.

Hutchins, Pat. The Wind Blew. Simon & Schuster, 1974.

Littledale, Freya. Peter and the North Wind. Scholastic, 1988.

Martin, Bill, Jr. Old Devil Wind. Harcourt, 1993.

McKissack, Patricia C. Mirandy and Brother Wind. Knopf, 1988.

Critics have said

This is a simple introduction for those kids who always want to know the "why" behind even the most mundane events.
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