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A browsable, appealing introduction to an important weather phenomenon. 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.