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Monday, May 15, 2023

Wind: Discovering Air in Motion by Olga Fadeeva


Wind: Discovering Air in Motion
By Olga Fadeeva. Translated by Lena Traer
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 2023

Russian author, Fadeeva, explains in easy to understand language, eighteen facts about the Wind. Each fact is posed as a question on double-page spreads illustrated by the author. The illustrations reflect what is being explained. 

For example, the question “What Is Wind?”  Answer: “Wind is the horizontal movement of air over the surface of the Earth.” The illustration, created with acrylic, collage, and digital media, shows a grandfather and granddaughter standing by the Ocean. Their hair is horizontal and the wind bends the trees and a red balloon, untethered from its owner, is also flying past. 

Another fact: “How has the wind affected history?” Answer: “The fifteenth century saw the rise of the full-rigged ship, which had three masts and multiple sails. Traveling longer distances would have been impossible without such improvements. This marked the beginning of the Age of Exploration.” The illustration shows a young girl holding a replica of the ship with five sales. 

This informational picture book will be enjoyable to read by all ages, especially on a windy day.

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