The Wind at Work

The Wind at Work
The Wind at Work

The Wind at Work

An Activity Guide to Windmills
By Gretchen Woelfle

Ages 9 and Up, Grades 4 and Up


160 Pages, 11 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781613741009

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Mar 2013)


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Explaining how the wind works, what windmills have contributed to the past, and why they offer environmental promise today as a source of clean, renewable energy, this revised and updated edition offers a glimpse into all the current and historical uses for wind power. Featuring new information on wind energy technology and wind farms, new photographs, and 24 wind-related activities—from keeping track of household energy use and conducting science experiments to cooking traditional meals and creating arts and crafts—this handy resource offers kids interested in the science of energy and green technologies an engaging, interactive, and contemporary overview of wind power.


"A wonderful resource for teachers and students. . . . A learning-friendly approach and superb material for science fair or for teachers and students who wish to break loose from textbooks."  —KLIATT

"Provides a complete and comprehensive look at windmills."  —Children's Literature

"A delightful introduction to windmills for young people. . . . If [your children] have already caught the 'windmill bug,' this is a book with which to nourish it."  —Windmiller's Gazette

“Useful for classroom or home science studies, this book explains wind power in an understandable style.”—School Library Journal

“Informed, informative and ideal for children ages 9 and up, The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills is very highly recommended for family, school, and community library reference and study collections.”—The Midwest Book Review

Author Biography

Gretchen Woelfle traveled across America and the Netherlands to visit windmills and to talk to people who work with them. She has been known to drive down rough country roads in North America and Europe to see giant wind turbines up close. At home in Los Angeles, Woelfle writes historical fiction and biographies for children of all ages. Katje the Windmill Cat was inspired by her windmill research. All the World’s A Stage: A Novel in Five Acts travels back to Shakespeare’s London. Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer, Write on, Mercy: The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren, and Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence celebrate heroines of the American history.