Inside Lightning
Inside Lightning
by Melissa Stewart
Sterling, 2011
for ages 9-12
ISBN 978-1-40278-949-6
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“Clear prose and striking visuals combine to explain the natural occurrences and their effects. The books are cautionary without being hysterical, conveying immediacy through a conversational style and occasional personal recollections. Foldout pages (some horizontal, some vertical) are used to excellent effect. Photos, drawings, charts, and other visuals are well chosen and well documented.”
star“Featuring a step-by-step, illustrated explanation of lightning formation as well as comments from people who have had close encounters with the phenomenon, Inside Lightning provides a vivid and unusually informative introduction to the subject. The bibliography includes personal interviews. Excellent for browsing or science reports."
Featuring 10 foldout pages and a trove of full-color photographs and illustrations, these titles make studying science an engaging experience. Excellent writing discusses science basics, causes, history, and tools used by scientists and researchers. Lightning traces ancient beliefs, Benjamin Franklin’s kite, and modern theories of what causes lightning to form, kinds of lightning, and how thunderheads build. The selection of photographs in reflects age-appropriate choices. Images of damaged buildings, debris, and wreckage capture the destructive power of nature without showing people in distress, injured, or other casualties. Sidebars provide pertinent quick facts as “Newsflash,” or personal eyewitness accounts under “I was there” or “We were there.” With fabulous photographs and illustrations alongside the wealth of fascinating facts and information, these books should be in high demand.
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