August 31, 2010

Nonfiction Reading with Rhyme and Rhythm

Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?: All About Weather (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)Admittedly, I was a bit leery of a nonfiction book with rhyme and rhythm featuring characters from whimsically imaginative stories.  However, after reading through four different books from The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, I will have to conclude these books serve a wonderful purpose.  Using Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? I introduced topics such as weather maps, meteorology, forecasting weather, types of clouds, and the water cycle.  The book presented these and other topics with fun easy to understand words and pictures.  The descriptions were long enough to spark an interest, but not too overwhelming for a young child. 
     Overall, this series is great for introducing nonfiction topics to children in preschool through the early elementary grades.  Each book has several user friendly aspects, such as pronunciations of unfamiliar multi-syllable words, a glossary, and a list of books for further reading.  Some of the other titles in the series include: There's a Map on My Lap!, There's No Place Like Space!, and If I Ran the Rain Forest.  I look forward to exploring more books from this series with my younger children.

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