Weeds and the Weather

Weeds and the Weather

by Mary Stolz, N. Cameron Watson

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Gr 1-3-Mrs. Weed, a former teacher; her cat, Clover; and Pocket, her dog, enjoy the same routine every day. Walking through the neighborhood, listening to the weather on the radio, housework, and meals fill their quiet hours. Four chapters cover each of the seasons as Clover watches Mrs. Weed and Pocket dress for the changing weather and set out for their walks. Each chapter also tells of an unexpected event-spring flowers delivered for Mrs. Weed's birthday, a big dog running loose in a summer rainstorm, a tree blown down in the fall wind, and a blizzard. This quiet story struggles to sustain readers' interest and attention. The cozy catalog of daily activities, although lyrical and full of lovely images, will not appeal to young children. Changes in the weather are a clever vehicle that doesn't go anywhere. Watson's charming, detailed watercolor illustrations decorate each page. Clover and Pocket are two adorable pets and Mrs. Weed is a stern but kindly old lady, yet something is missing here; Mrs. Weed is not Miss Rumphius. Readers never really get to know the characters-they only peek at their simple lives. A peaceful tale that slips into the mundane.-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Ilene Cooper
The Weeds are old Mrs. Weed, her cat, Clover, and dog, Pocket. Mornings, they listen to the weather report, which is usually incorrect. It hardly matters, because each day the Weeds do the same thing--eat their meals, go for walks, take naps, clean the house. Every once in a while, however, there's a surprise, like the flowers Mrs. Weed receives from her former students or the big, strange dog that appears on their doorstep. The four parts of the book are divided by seasons, and although an elderly woman's day isn't the liveliest of topics for children, there's enough action--what with blizzards, dogs chasing leaves, etc.--to keep little ones interested. "Cozy" is the word that best describes this, and Watson's very precise pictures, done in seasonal colors, heighten the mood. This could also be used with primary-grade students doing units on weather.

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