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Posted August 30, 2013
What a great first book by Janice Dean "The Weather Machine"! Freddy the Frogcaster is a delightful story of a young frog named Freddy who just loves to learn about and forecast the weather. Janice does a great job of telling a cute story while teaching youngsters about the weather. Children will love how Freddy gains his knowledge about forecasting the weather and how he uses that knowledge to save the day for the town's picnic. Mixed in with the story are meteorological terms that children will learn as they read. The glossary in the back is very informative to help explain the words in depth. The cast of characters in the book will make you smile: Sally Croaker, meteorologist for the Frog News Network and Mrs. Fibian, Freddy's teacher are two of my favorites. Not only is the story cute and humorous, it also teaches a lesson. Freddy helped the mayor and the town by warning of nasty weather that could disrupt the town's picnic and put the frogs in danger. What I liked is how the mayor trusted Freddy, even though he's a young frog. There are great lessons there. The illustrations are colorful and humorous and will keep a child's attention. With an entertaining story and wonderful illustrations, this is a must have book for children. Adults will enjoy it, too, as I have!
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Posted January 19, 2015
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Posted May 22, 2014
• Nice, large, colorful artwork, maybe a bit exaggerated. Mentions early what weather clues to look for (barometric pressure, humidity, clouds), describes thunderstorm forming (cold air from the west + warm air from the south=thunderstorms)….CA WEST + WA SOUTH=TS
Language is clear, simple, and concise. What I find interesting is the segment on Polly Woggins who let stardom interfere with her weather duties (some media people DO let this happen), while Freddy and Sally Croaker remained focused on meteorology.
The glossary is nicely done, and I am glad that Janice included the weather map segment in the glossary.
The message is quite clear: look for weather clues, keep notes, predict, AND issue warnings when bad weather is on the way. Perhaps the most important message here in dealing with the weather is…BE PREPARED!!!
I would have included definitions of advisory, warning, and watch. I also would have mentioned how to use the weather vane (is the tip of the vane pointing in the direction that the wind is coming from OR going to?).
This a nice starting point to get kids interested in meteorology. One important thing is that is shows Freddy’s parents took an interest in Freddy’s interest and encouraged, and helped him, go further with it. Lots of parents need to do that.
Yes, I would agree that this book is for non-weather people too. It can be a simple primer for adults, but I still think that you should write something for adults, as well. I would definitely recommend this book.
This book is an excellent job by the ever so delightful Janice Dean. This review was written by Salvatore Mauro.
Posted December 13, 2013
Posted October 18, 2013
Posted August 29, 2013
I have a first and third grader, who really enjoyed this story. The book cover said it is geared to K through 2nd grades, but the 8 year old also enjoyed the story. The beautifully, and brightly colored illustrations really drew them in. Also being boys, they love frogs, and here is one telling weather...to cute.
Besides drawing them in with the really cute story, they learned a lot about the weather. We learn lessons of doing hard work, and honesty. We do have a happy ending here, which the boys loved...Freddy saved the day
There are also some great weather facts in the back of the book, and found my 8 year old was very interested. He loved the information, with pictures on the different types of clouds. Very educational.
I received this book from Regnery Publishing, Inc., and was not required to give a positive review.
Posted September 20, 2013
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Posted December 10, 2013
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