Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm

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It’s field-trip day for Miss Mingo’s multispecies class — but will each animal find a way to weather the weather on the path up to the observatory?

It’s a spring morning, and Miss Mingo and her class are ready to hike up High Hill to visit the weather station. Groundhog, the new student, predicts that the weather will be perfect. But as the animals climb, the temperature does too, and Panda seeks a shady spot while Hippo starts sweating red (it’s normal, not blood!). And that’s ...

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Overview

It’s field-trip day for Miss Mingo’s multispecies class — but will each animal find a way to weather the weather on the path up to the observatory?

It’s a spring morning, and Miss Mingo and her class are ready to hike up High Hill to visit the weather station. Groundhog, the new student, predicts that the weather will be perfect. But as the animals climb, the temperature does too, and Panda seeks a shady spot while Hippo starts sweating red (it’s normal, not blood!). And that’s just the beginning! From hail and swirling winds to pouring rain and a sudden chill, everyone from Ant to Alligator is learning about some crazy atmospheric changes. Sprinkled with fascinating facts about weather and animal habits, this charming, one-of-a-kind class trip is sure to bring sunny smiles.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A class field trip up High Hill to a weather observatory at the top offers ample opportunities for Harper to share intriguing tidbits of information about animals and weather in this third picture book about Miss Mingo the flamingo and her students. A new student, Groundhog, joins the class and quietly predicts perfect weather, but heat, humidity, hail, and frozen fog prove him wrong—or so it seems. Along the way, readers learn about the various animals’ habits and reactions to the weather (hippos secrete moisturizing “blood sweat” when they are hot and dry, and narwhals may use their tusks to gauge temperature and barometric pressure). Packed with fascinating details and realistic classmate interactions, it’s a treat for animal lovers. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
Packed with fascinating details and realistic classmate interactions, it’s a treat for animal lovers.
—Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Pamela Barr Lichty
Miss Mingo and her class assemble at the base of High Hill for a hike to the weather observatory. This is no usual class, and Miss Mingo is not a usual teacher. The class has a giraffe, an octopus, a panda, and other interesting animals, and Miss Mingo is a flamingo. The climb is full of variety, too, as the weather changes from hot to humid to rain and finally to hail and even snow. Along the way, the animals share their unique characteristics, including Hippo's "blood sweat," cricket's melodious chirp, and narwhal's temperature sensitive tusk. The adventure-laden climb culminates with a climb to the tippy-top of the observatory and an incredible view of town, and, best of all, a slide down the hill on the snowy slope. Harper is also the illustrator of this second title in the "Miss Mingo" series, and she offers a real cornucopia of science facts and endearing characters. This book is an enjoyable read-aloud for five-year olds that will reignite interest as the child becomes a developing reader who will enjoy the text boxes explaining the characteristics of many of the animals and weather events. Reviewer: Pamela Barr Lichty
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Enthusiastic and competent Miss Mingo takes her class of animals, insects, and sea creatures hiking. Everyone looks forward to visiting the weather observatory at the top of High Hill. Groundhog predicts that it will be a perfect day for the outing. As the students and their flamingo teacher make their way toward their destination, they encounter oppressive heat and then get caught in a hailstorm. When the hail abates, the rain pours down and the fog rolls in. Thanks to the quick thinking of Groundhog, the intrepid hikers finally reach the station. The atmosphere throws them one more curveball in the form of a brief blizzard, and the delighted children play in the snow. Instead of hiking back, Miss Mingo transports the laughing students downhill on a toboggan. The watercolor and ink illustrations add a splash of color and humor to the story. The individual personalities and feelings of the characters are evident by their expressive faces. The story is supplemented by brief facts about animals and the weather. "Ants build and fortify their nests as rain approaches. They finish off by closing the entrance to the nest." Though interesting, the placement of these informational paragraphs interrupts the flow of the narrative. This storm-filled adventure may be paired with Joan Holub's Groundhog Weather School (Putnam, 2009).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A class hike to the weather observatory turns out to be more educational than anticipated for Miss Mingo and her eclectic group of students. The steep trail has many kids complaining early on, while others display their adaptations for dealing with the rising temperature: Panda drapes herself over a tree branch, and Hippo appears to be sweating blood. Meanwhile, Frog tries to draw out the new student by asking for Groundhog's expert (NOT!) opinion on the wild changes in weather they are experiencing--dark clouds, hail, rain, a sudden drop in temperature and even a snowstorm! But the students and their teacher all demonstrate a resourcefulness and degree of cooperation that are admirable. Miss Mingo's rescue of her smallest students is sure to stick in readers' minds for its pure originality. Harper keeps the flow of the narrative going while at the same time presenting additional facts (via a slightly different typeface) that round out readers' understanding of the story. Children will learn how to estimate temperature from a cricket's chirping and the facts behind frizzy hair. Harper's watercolor-and-ink illustrations marvelously convey emotion as well as personality, from Groundhog's shy manner to the rather princesslike Alligator. The appealing story and wide array of weather facts make this a breath of fresh air to round out and add interest to weather units that are heavy in nonfiction titles. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763649319
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,024,061
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Harper is the author-illustrator of three books about the feisty flamingo teacher Miss Mingo, as well as the picture book Miles to Go. She lives outside Boston.
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