Different types of wind patterns are captured vividly in the story Wild is the wind by Grahame Baker-Smith. Following a migrating bird from Africa to Asia, the story takes the reader through bright blue skies past cyclones, raging waters and the vast desert. Wind-formed ridges, caves and plateaus illustrate strikingly the power of wind and how it shapes the Earth.
Following the little bird on its migratory journey the reader meets wind-powered human innovations, such as hot air balloons, sailing ships and wind turbines. Beautifully illustrated with hidden images within the swirling winds, the author combines poetic prose with scientific language.
A wonderful book to introduce children to the various types of wind patterns. What noise does wind make? Does it always sound the same? How does it feel on the skin? Is wind always cold? What happens when cold and warm air masses meet? Are there migrating birds in Australia? Can the children think of other migrating animals?
With our book recommendations, we want to spark an interest in children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Most books go beyond the obvious STEM connections and can be a great starting point for exploring children’s questions and ideas further.
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Article author: Tina Gaertner
Graphic Design & Marketing Support
Tina combines her love of graphic design with a master’s degree in adult education. She loves using her creativity and digital expertise to contribute to changing young children’s lives.