Can it Really Rain Frogs: The World's Strangest Weather Events

Can it Really Rain Frogs: The World's Strangest Weather Events

by Spencer Christian, Antonia Felix
     
 

What makes a twister twist? Where does acid rain come from? Is it true that snow is sometimes green? Or even red? Can it really rain cats and dogs . . . and frogs?

Join popular ABC-TV weather forecaster Spencer Christian as he explores the amazing—and sometimes unpredictable—world of weather. Look inside a flash of lightning. Mix up your own instant

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Overview

What makes a twister twist? Where does acid rain come from? Is it true that snow is sometimes green? Or even red? Can it really rain cats and dogs . . . and frogs?

Join popular ABC-TV weather forecaster Spencer Christian as he explores the amazing—and sometimes unpredictable—world of weather. Look inside a flash of lightning. Mix up your own instant rainbow. Find out how caves "sing" and if a tornado can actually pluck the feathers off a chicken.

It's an action-packed tour of the world's strangest weather events—with lots of easy-to-do activities that let you experience the secrets of nature up close. Plus dozens of fascinating sidebars, fun facts, and illustrations bring the world's wonders to vivid life. What's the weather? It's awesome!

For children ages 8 to 12

Also available in Spencer Christian's World of Wonders series: Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The World's Most Amazing Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Other Forces

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Can goats really forecast the weather? What makes a twister twist? Can it really rain frogs? Good Morning America's popular weather forecaster, Spencer Christian, answers these questions and many more in his comprehensive and highly interesting book on the number one topic all around the world - the weather. Combining fact with myth, and high-tech science with everyday observation, Christian has found the perfect mix for keeping 8 to 12-year-old amateur weather forecasters enthralled. Fascinating little known facts, sidebars and easy-to-do activities will keep readers focused and eager to learn more about the wild world of weather. Teachers and parents of novice weather watchers would be wise to take a peek into this book. Also available in "Spencer Christian's World of Wonders" series is Shake, Rattle and Roll: The World's Most Amazing Earthquakes, Volcanoes and other Forces.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7Christian describes strange weather events such as raining frogs, singing caves, and colored rain, giving solid meteorological data. He includes lore and information about legends such as Groundhog Day that will be especially helpful for the annual requests on that topic. (Unfortunately, there's no mention of El Nio.) Possible science-fair projects can be developed from the experiments included, such as making a barometer or hygrometer. Suitable precautions appear when necessary. However, the activities, which require simple materials and include step-by-step, clearly written directions, are not the unique items in the book. What will draw readers is the assortment of material on phenomena such as human hailstones or the famous weather-forecasting goats of Mount Nebo. Black-and-white cartoons and other illustrations appear on every page, but they're more decorative than informative.Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
In this chatty entry in the Spencer Christian's World of Wonders series, the Good Morning America personality puts together anecdotes, odd facts, brief experiments, and information on weather phenomena. Under discussion are basic weather patterns, clouds, rain, snow, hail, thunder, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather instruments, and related folklore. Quirky facts from around the world are presented without sources, and the experiments are not always well-conceived: For a rain gauge made from an empty olive jar (with a ruler to mark off inches), readers are told to gather rain in a coffee can (to pour into the gauge), but not that the size of the can will influence readings. In another experiment, readers are instructed to put a flameproof glass cake pan filled with water on a stove top (the illustration shows a gas burner) over low heat to show that water moves from cool to warm areas; those pans are not always intended to sit directly on gas flames, and heating only one area may cause cracking. This in an interesting and readable book, but readers may have to go to other sources for safer activities, and to gain clearer distinctions between facts and folklore.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471152903
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/10/1997
Series:
Spencer Christians World of Wonders Series, #9
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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