If you're in the UK at the moment there's only been one subject of conversation this last week or so – how hot it is! The obvious choice for this week's Ladybird Tuesday therefore has to be The Weather – part of series 536, Nature Series.
This book very much focuses on the British Weather and it really does teach you everything you need to know about the weather and meteorology in general. As well as talking about why the British Isles have the weather they do, it goes on to explain high and low pressures and why the winds blow.
In addition to a table detailing the different levels in the Beaufort Scale there is also a nice visual version which is perfect for children who may have some difficulties putting all the descriptions into something they can understand.
Many of the explanations about why weather events happen take me clearly back to my science and geography lessons at school. I can certainly see this book being useful once the children are at school age. Last Christmas I bought Mr C a weather station (which is still yet to come out of the box!) but I'm hoping that he will get it set up soon and that when they're ready this book can help us explain it all to the kids.
I find that so many of these Ladybird books take me back to my childhood when I read them, even if I didn't have that particular book when I was a child. When I reached the page about thunder and lightening I was instantly taken back to one evening sat in my parents living room when we had a huge thunderstorm which really scared me. At the time I had a book out of the local library which I think was called The Weather Witch – despite my best efforts I just can't find this at all online. In this book I seem to recall that the witch was responsible for the weather which meant that I was asking my Dad to get her to stop as I didn't like the thunderstorm. My Dad's efforts to explain to me that he couldn't stop the weather fell on deaf ears somewhat and I find myself going through the same arguments now with Little Miss C who seems obsessed with the idea that "Mummy can stop the wind"!
As well as explaining the weather simply (yet without dumbing it down) the book also explains how the wind, temperature, sunshine and precipitation are measured. Having been originally published in 1962 the book obviously doesn't cover all the up to date tools and techniques that they now use in the Met Office.
Whilst weather stations like the above are still used I'm pretty sure that popping out in a tie and pullover with a pipe in your mouth isn't the way it's currently done.
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