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The Man Who Named the Clouds

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This story of Luke Howard--who created a cloud classification system in the late 1700s--is interspersed with the weather journal of a modern-day child working on a science project.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Albert Whitman & Company
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Dolly
Jul 07, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This is a detailed account of a man who named the clouds and developed the basic concept for the different classifications. I thought it was fascinating that there were different naming conventions that competed, but that his eventually won out. I also thought it was neat that Mr. Howard had an entirely unrelated career and that watching the weather was merely a hobby.

The narrative is rather detailed and we had to read this book in parts. The interspersed weather observations tracking the weath
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Jen
Oct 30, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Enjoyable biography with useful discussion of how clouds are formed and what the different kinds look like. We started identifying clouds outside right away.
Bethany Jasin
Oct 17, 2016 Bethany Jasin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I love the combination of non-fiction text about Luke Howard and a student's weather journal. The two work to give the reader a historical account of how clouds came to be studied, documented and named. The present-day weather journal written by Grace shows the reader how we can use the clouds to predict weather. Grace also includes how to make a rain gauge and an explanation of the troposphere, where almost all weather originates.

I would use this book as a read aloud, a resource for a research
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Steve_sonderman
Aug 04, 2014 Steve_sonderman rated it really liked it
I thought the book told an interesting story, and had a lot of information. The book contains a bibliography and several detailed pictures. I think the book loses its continuity when the "My weather journal" comes in and presents a students perspective of weather. I think the weather journal hurt the flow of the biography. Overall, the book was informative and could be used in a biography unit. It was interesting to learn about the different types of clouds.
Portia P.
Nov 26, 2013 Portia P. rated it liked it
Good book for elementary school children interested in science and meteorology that suggests the significance of observation as a discipline utilized by scientists and curious thinkers as well as journaling. The easy to read picture book also provides great kid-friendly descriptions of real-life experiments by children that young readers can relate to, connect with or explore on their own.
Nikki
IL: LG
BL: 5.6

This would be a great book to include in science area. It i a story about the man who created the cloud classification system.
Teri
Jun 12, 2012 Teri rated it liked it
nice narrative, but really long! Great supplement to learning stratus, cumulous, cirrus. . .
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