A browsable, appealing introduction to an important weather phenomenon.

What is wind?
Wind is the horizontal movement of air over the surface of the Earth.
It happens because of differences in air pressure within our atmosphere, caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the Sun.
Air under high pressure moves toward areas of low pressure,
creating the horizontal flow of the wind.

How does the wind help plants and and animals?

Without wind, many plants on Earth could not be pollinated. Pine trees and firs, willow and birch trees, grains and corn, nettles, palm trees, and many others are wind-pollinated plants. The flowers of such plants are typically dull in color, with little to no scent or nectar, because they do not need to attract bees. They instead produce large amounts of pollen, which is then carried on the wind. The pollen ideally lands on other plants of the same type, allowing them to reproduce.

How can you sail into the wind?

Technically speaking, it’s not possible to sail directly into the wind. However, if the wind blows against the boat at an angle,
it can propel the vessel forward. This is called windward sailing.


Discovering Air in Motion

Written and illustrated by Olga Fadeeva
Translated by Lena Traer

Ages 8-14

HARDCOVER; Releases: 4/10/2023

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If your hair has ever blown back on a breezy day, you’ve noticed the wind at work. But what causes the wind? Are there different types of wind? How do we measure and name them? How does the wind shape our ecosystems, plants, and animals? What about people: how have human beings used the wind in the past and the present? Can you really sail into the wind, and would a tailwind help or hurt your plane’s takeoff? Up, up beyond the clouds, does the wind affect other planets, too? 

Created with help from a meteorologist, this beautiful book is a fascinating exploration of the wind’s role in world history and earth science. Playful prose and colorful illustrations invite children to bring their questions along as they learn more about this powerful—but sometimes overlooked—natural element.

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