Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Matt Doeden
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 5 to 6
Lerner Publications, 2008   ISBN: 978-0822579083

Many adults have been asked "What is lightening?" or "What is thunder?" and though these questions are commonplace and seemingly straightforward, the answers are not always easy to explain when the audience is very young.

In this little book from the Pull Ahead – Forces of Nature series, Matt Doeden uses his considerable writing skills to answers these and other questions in such a way that little children will be able to understand the science of thunderstorms. They will learn how thunderstorms are created, what lightening is, what thunder is, how hail forms, why thunderstorms are dangerous, and how people stay safe during a thunderstorm. There are plenty of photographs and several diagrams in the book which reinforce what the text is saying.

This carefully written and well organized book is sure to help adults explain the mechanics of thunderstorms to the children in their lives. Other books in these series include titles about earthquakes, forest fires, and hurricanes.