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It's Raining Frogs and Fishes: Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky
     

It's Raining Frogs and Fishes: Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky

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by Jerry Dennis
 

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IT'S RAINING FROGS AND FISHES is a generously illustrated inquiry into wonders of the sky: Why is the sky blue? Where do meteors originate? What causes rainbows, mirages, and the colors of the sunset? Why do some birds and insects migrate, and how do they navigate over hundreds or thousands of miles to do it? How have civilizations throughout history viewed the aurora

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IT'S RAINING FROGS AND FISHES is a generously illustrated inquiry into wonders of the sky: Why is the sky blue? Where do meteors originate? What causes rainbows, mirages, and the colors of the sunset? Why do some birds and insects migrate, and how do they navigate over hundreds or thousands of miles to do it? How have civilizations throughout history viewed the aurora borealis, tornadoes, eclipses, and the bizarre but well documented cases of fish, reptiles, snails, and even snakes that have rained to earth? Author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff approach such questions with curiosity and wit, and suggest ways to observe first-hand extraordinary weather, astronomical anomalies, and odd and interesting wildlife of the skies.

This updated edition of the national bestseller is a spellbinding look into the natural world's most fascinating and baffling phenomena, with illustrated explanations of rainbows, meteors, sunsets, hurricanes, the northern lights, bird and insect flight, and dozens of other curiosities. Subjects are arranged by season, and each is discussed in a concise and entertaining style that blends the most recent scientific findings with historical anecdotes, personal observations, and examples of the lore and superstitions that have always surrounded phenomena of the skies.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Nelson Bryant
"Charming, informative, humorous, and scholarly... embraces wind and weather, the sun, the moon and stars, the seasons of the year and the effect of these things on the denizens of this planet. It is a delight."
Toledo Blade
"This delightful look at nature...is a cornucopia of fact and lore. Wit, humor, wonder, and reverence spice and season the vignettes herein. "It's Raining..." reminds adults -- especially in this hectic, fast-paced, just-do-it world -- that it is more than OK, it is desirable, to be child-like and to look up at the heavens and ask why."
Los Angeles Times
"Amusing and illuminating...This writer-artist team shines a bright and lovely light on nature."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Vastly entertaining, valuable... Makes natural history so much fun the reader is sucked from paragraph to paragraph, page to page, chapter to chapter."
Atlanta Constitution
"As leaves fall and the sky becomes more noticeable, you're likely to look towards the heavens and wonder at their mysteries... Author Jerry Dennis and illustrator Glenn Wolff address the questions with intelligence, wit and artistry."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016480459
Publisher:
DCA, Inc.
Publication date:
06/21/2013
Series:
The Wonders of Nature , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
262
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Jerry Dennis’s essays on nature have appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, SMITHSONIAN, AUDUBON, ORION, and many other publications. His books, most of them illustrated by Glenn Wolff, have received wide acclaim, have been translated into five languages, and have won numerous awards. He lives in northern Michigan. Visit him at www.jerrydennis.net.

Glenn Wolff grew up in northern Michigan but he began his career in New York City as an illustrator for THE NEW YORK TIMES, VILLAGE VOICE, the Central Park Conservancy, and the New York Zoological Society. In addition to his collaborations with Jerry Dennis, he has illustrated a broad range of subjects, including food, Christmas, mythical beasts, and lost continents. Glenn’s mixed media fine art is shown throughout the U.S. and Canada and is included in numerous private and public collections. More on his work can be found at www.glennwolff.com.

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It's Raining Frogs and Fishes: Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always loved this book! It really helped me understand so many things about nature - from why the sky is blue to what causes the northern lights. I love the way it's written. It's funny and heartfelt and extremely informative at the same time. It's beautifully illustrated too. Definitely one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and was entertained by the infomation it presented. The artwork introducing the chapters was quite beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I m not entertained too boring-ish