by Seymour Simon

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Join award-winning science writer Seymour Simon in this picture book introduction to lightning.

Lightning strikes the earth more than a hundred times every second. It's bright and dramatic, but it happens so fast that we rarely get a chance to see it. Now celebrated children's science writer Seymour Simon gives you an opportunity to take a closer look at lightning with clear explanations of what causes those bright flashes of light in a stormy sky.

With clear, simple text and stunning full-color photographs, readers will learn all about lightning in this informative picture book.

Perfect for young scientists’ school reports, this book supports the Common Core State Standards.

Check out these other Seymour Simon books about weather and natural disasters:

  • Earthquakes
  • Global Warming
  • Hurricanes
  • Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Weather
  • Wildfires

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060884352
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/23/2006
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 249,648
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Seymour Simon has been called “the dean of the [children’s science book] field” by the New York Times. He has written more than 300 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Columbia County in Upstate New York. You can visit him online at, where students can post on the “Seymour Science Blog” and educators can download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Join the growing legion of @seymoursimon fans on Twitter!

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Lightning 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sharese on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Lightning is a part of the Smithsonian Institute's book series by Seymour Simon. The incredible information and stunning pictures make these books one that everyone will want to have around small children. Filled with facts about lightning and weather patterns, kids will have some questions answered but will find themselves wanting to learn more. The pictures on every page are brightly colored and beautiful to see. Review:This is yet again another wonderful book in this series. Amazing pictures and facts (I didn't know lighning has been dectected on Jupiter and Venus!) that will keep a young reader coming back for more. I think this book is especially important to read to young children who may be frightened of the loud thunder and scary visuals of light. A wonderful book and series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My six year old grandson is fasinated by the weather and he picked this one out himself. We have been reading it together, and although I have to explain some of it to him, he really is enjoying it. I've been learning things I either didn't know, or had forgotten about lightening.
tremont More than 1 year ago
brought for my 5 yr old son..great photos and very informatve..he loves this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great learning tool for those who are interested in knowing what lightning is. The pictures are fantastic. The book is easy to read and explains the many aspects of lightning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite book. I kept reading and re-reading it untill an unknown girl ruined it.