Great Gusts: Winds of the World and the Science Behind Them

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Mit Kids Press
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8.4 X 10.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Melanie Crowder teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of nine acclaimed books for young readers. Her titles have received numerous starred reviews, as well as national and state awards, including having been named a Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, and a New York Public Library Best Book for Kids. Her historical novel in verse, Audacity, received a Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon and the Jefferson Cup. She lives on the Colorado Front Range, where downslope chinook winds regularly visit her home.

Megan Benedict holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her poetry has been published in Bravery magazine and the Hyacinth Review. Great Gusts is her first picture book. She writes poetry and fiction in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and loves to chase the salty sea breezes of any coast she can get to.

Khoa Le is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and Miriam at the River by Jane Yolen, an Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Honor Book. Khoa Le lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where she works to preserve her country's ocean as a member of a local free-dive group.
A colorful picture-book format, expressive poems, vibrant art, and detailed scientific information combine for an engaging introduction to 14 types of wind around the globe. . . there is plenty here to illuminate and intrigue on many levels. A stirring addition to poetry collections or to complement Earth-science lessons.
--Booklist (starred review)

Pairing evocative poems with informative text, authors Crowder and Benedict introduce wind to young readers . . Poetic tone and form tend to match the subjects: playful rhyme and jaunty meter introduces the maestro, a warm sea breeze that blows over Italy in the summer months; onomatopoeia effectively conveys the booms and clashes of the Sumatra Squall. . . The digital art is energetic and flowing, as smudgy, swirling textures, sleek lines, and negative space all work together to highlight the feel and effect of each wind. An easy pick for a seasonal storytime, be sure to have this ready on breezy or blustery days.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books