From the Publisher
"In a very entertaining way, Janice Dean tells children about the value of hard work and honesty. A tremendous lesson for the kids that they will enjoy reading."
Bill O’Reilly, anchor, Fox News Channel
"Even amphibians should follow their dreams, and Janice has written a charming, whimsical story that will appeal to the inner 'frog child' in all of us! I see sunny skies ahead for Freddy, the frogcaster."
Kathie Lee Gifford, co-host, NBC Today’s Kathie Lee & Hoda
"For years, Janice Dean ‘The Weather Machine’ has been making meteorology fun for millions of Fox viewers. With Freddy the Frogcaster she does it againonly this time we get the fun, along with some valuable life lessons. Our whole family loved this book!"
Megyn Kelly, host, Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File
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)