Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Flip The Flaps: Weather

Flip The Flaps: Weather

Dr. Mike Goldsmith
Illustrator:  John Butler 
Nonfiction Novelty Book
For ages 4 to 6
Kingfisher, 2010   ISBN: 978-0753464427

Parents and teachers are often bombarded with questions about the weather. “Why does it rain?” What is thunder?” and “What makes a rainbow?” are just a few of the questions adults commonly hear. Weather seems to fascinate children, and this book will answer many of the questions that they like to ask.

The author begins by talking about the sun. Children will learn that the sun “warms the world and makes plants grow and flowers open.”  On the double page spread there are annotated pictures of flowers opening, children playing in the sunshine, a lizard taking shelter from the sun in the shade of a rock and more. Then the author presents children with three questions about the sun. “What does the sun do?” “Is it safe to look at the sun?” and “Is the weather colder at night?” Children can try to answer the questions themselves, and then they can find out if they were right by looking under a page flap, where the answers are hidden.

Other topics that are covered in the book are “Clouds and rain,” “Thunder and lightning,” “Rainbows,” “Fog and mist,” “The wind,” and “Ice and snow.”

At the beginning of the book the author provides his young readers with a glossary of “Weather words.”