Little Cloud: The Science of a Hurricane

Orca. Feb. 2020. 32p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459821842.
K-Gr 3–Readers follow a fictional cloud named Nate as it changes from a cumulus cloud to a hurricane. The narrative also includes facts about clouds and weather. Nate’s journey is set in a larger font than the scientific facts. Rich mixed-media artwork supports the text. While the information is valuable and the story may be compelling to children, the varying text sizes could confuse students who are taught to strictly identify works as fiction or nonfiction. The personification of the cloud muddies the ability to fully label the work as nonfiction. The small font and high-level vocabulary could make it difficult for young readers to use the title for research purposes.
VERDICT An optional purchase for collections with a high turnover of weather-related books. Students conducting research would be better served by other accessible weather series.

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