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Close to the Wind: The Beaufort Scale

by Peter Malone

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I was intrigued by the letters to Lizzie and how the author had the main character "speaking" through them. The information and picture captions seemed unique and appealed to me.
  mschurchill | Dec 16, 2011 |
This book is a great science book. The story is made up but it’s based on true events. The book has lots of pictures that go along with the story. This book is for upper elementary education. I gave it a 4 of 5 because some parts are hard to read, while others are easier ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399243992, Hardcover)

In 1810, a British naval officer and surveyor named Francis Beaufort developed a scale to give sailors a common language for describing the wind. From 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), stunning artwork and jaunty prose show what life at sea must have been like for a young boy serving as a midshipman in the 1800s. As William sails from Naples to the Caribbean, we learn intriguing historical information and nautical terminology, and witness how the wind affected day-to-day life on a ship. Detailed illustrations show the wind at work, and readers will be engrossed and fascinated as they watch the storm develop in magnificent full-color paintings.

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Explains how the Beaufort scale is used to measure the force of the wind especially at sea. In 1810, a British naval officer and surveyor named Francis Beaufort developed a scale to give sailors a common language for describing the wind. From 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), stunning artwork and jaunty prose show what life at sea must have been like for a young boy serving as a midshipman in the 1800s. As William sails from Naples to the Caribbean, we learn intriguing historical information and nautical terminology, and witness how the wind affected day-to-day life on a ship. Detailed illustrations show the wind at work, and readers will be engrossed and fascinated as they watch the storm develop in magnificent full-color paintings.… (more)

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