Freddy the Frogcaster [NOOK Book]

Overview


Freddy the Frog loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when the town picnic is almost ruined by a storm that catches the local frogcaster by surprise? Freddy has to step in to save the day! Well-known Fox News broadcast meteorologist Janice Dean pens this exciting and hilarious tale about an aspiring weathercaster who can’t keep his eyes off the sky. Children and adults will love the charming frog world Freddy lives in, and the fun science ...
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Freddy the Frogcaster

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Overview


Freddy the Frog loves learning about the weather, and he’s known for having the best predictions in town. But what happens when the town picnic is almost ruined by a storm that catches the local frogcaster by surprise? Freddy has to step in to save the day! Well-known Fox News broadcast meteorologist Janice Dean pens this exciting and hilarious tale about an aspiring weathercaster who can’t keep his eyes off the sky. Children and adults will love the charming frog world Freddy lives in, and the fun science lessons he shares, with an activities section in the back.
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A weather-loving frog finds a forecasting career in his future after he saves the town picnic. Freddy's loved weather from a very young age--his first word was "rain." He uses his backyard weather station to make predictions and checks them against the forecasts of Sally Croaker on the Frog News Network, and he is uncannily right. But when Sally goes on maternity leave, Freddy's forecasts no longer match those on TV--Polly Woggins, the new frogcaster, is frequently wrong in her predictions. Her popularity keeps her too busy to look for weather clues. So when the mayor needs an accurate forecast for the Leapfrog Picnic, he turns to Freddy, whose years of practice give him the confidence and knowledge to prepare the Frogatorium for a thunderstorm and be Polly's new assistant. While the story is lengthy and littered with exclamation points, Dean, a meteorologist herself, knows her stuff. Six pages of backmatter use easy vocabulary and explanations to introduce weather words, maps, instruments, types of clouds and the job of a meteorologist (though it's a shame this wasn't better incorporated into the text). Still, Freddy's confidence and enthusiasm are catching, and readers may find themselves keeping their own weather logs and browsing the publisher's website for directions on making weather-forecasting instruments (not seen). Cox's seemingly digital illustrations are bright and cheerful, and each frog has his or her own expressive face and personality. The forecast is for frequent checkouts for Freddy during weather-study units. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621571711
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 509,911
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author


Known as “Janice Dean the Weather Queen,” Janice Dean has been predicting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and she loves to share her scientific knowledge, and the inspiration that led to her passion for weather, with kids and adults alike. Before Fox, she had a long career working at various radio and TV stations as a DJ, anchor, and host.

Russ Cox is an award-winning illustrator and animator, and founder of Smiling Otis Studio. His illustrations have won first-place in the Published, People's Choice, and Emerging Artist categories at the New England The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conference. He lives in Maine with his wife, their four cats, and a banjo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    good for kids of all ages

    excellent. informative. easy read. good buy for kids, family, friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    highly recommend

    This is a very well written book on weather for kids. Probably about 5 and up. It was hard to keep a 2 year olds attention, but it was fun.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    What a great first book by Janice Dean "The Weather Machine

    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 August 29, 2013

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    I have a first and third grader, who really enjoyed this story.

    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.

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