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Kamala Menon

HOW THE WEATHER WORKS?: FASCINATING PROJECTS AND EXPERIMENTS THAT REVEAL THE SECRETS OF THE WEATHER; WEATHER; OCEANS; CHILDREN WORLD ATLAS: THE ATLAS THAT BRINGS THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLE TO LIFE; GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD: THE ESSENTIAL FAMILY GUIDE TO GEOGRAPHY AND CULTURE
By Michael Alleby ; Michael Alleby; Frances Dipper; Simon Adams, Mary Atkinson and Sarah Philips; David Green
Dorling Kindersley, New Delhi, 1999; 2000; 2002; 2003; 2003, pp. 192; pp. 64; pp. 64; pp. 136; pp. 304, £7.75; £4.20; £4.20; £10.50; £18.00

VOLUME XXIX NUMBER 11 November 2005

All of us are fascinated with weather, clouds, storms and the deep oceans. These well-illustrated books are indeed a joy to look at and learn from. For the child who has to understand these fairly complicated processes the experiments, the simple observations and the delight of seeing the hygrometer work make this process simple and direct. The two books on weather have much the same coverage, fairly conservative – about the earth in space, the atmosphere and the winds the role of temperature, how winds are formed and the reasons why clouds look so different. The pictures in the book on weather, and the one of a cyclone are delightful. Most of the pictures about the weather spectacular as they are show conditions only over North America. The information that goes with the pictures is simple and well-written.   The experiments in how the weather works are easy to do and very effective too. Having tried some of them out it is important to get the right type of material to get the results. The experiment on angular momentum illustrates a rather difficult idea of the Corioli effect very effectively using a very simple stick and a roll of tape. Again, the spectacular pictures and the neat and beautiful lay out make each page a work of art. Oceans, the winner of the Aventis Junior Science award is a delightful slim book by Frances Dipper which covers all aspects of Oceans from the coast to the deep sea and the importance of marine archaeology. The picture of the Puffin eating sand eels is a good example of the care with which the pictures have been selected.The section on sandy shores and reef life have fascinated every reader who has seen this book.   Atlases are always interesting and fascinating as also informative. Like dictionaries, the atlases too, are a companion for any reader. Simon Adams, Mary Atkinson and Sarah Phillips have put together an atlas which is every teacher’s dream. In many of our textbooks there are never enough photographs of vegetation regions from places far away and this atlas fills this gap. The pictures and information are as diverse as the local wealth and the Silk Road, traditional medicines and athletes of importance. This atlas for all its research would have to be cautiously used when the map of the Indian subcontinent is referred to. The boundaries and the information ...


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