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Review of Look at the Weather

Look at the Weather
by Britta Teckentrup; illus. by the author; trans. from the German and adapted by Shelley Tanaka
Intermediate    Owlkids    152 pp.    g
4/18    978-1-77147-286-9    $19.95

“We have such a strong connection to weather, we can’t help but wonder about it.” Across the next 150-plus pages, Teckentrup’s words and illustrations embody this connection, modeling curiosity and wonderment about sun, rain, snow, and extreme weather. Her journey meanders not only from topic to topic but also back and forth across the impulses toward reasoning and emotion that deep engagement with nature can evoke. Questions sprinkled throughout encourage readers to think about experiences both personal (“Does rain make you want to run for cover? Or does it make you want to jump and splash in the puddles?”) and global (“Will extreme weather events become more common and widespread as the planet continues to warm and climates continue to change?”). Moody, textured images play with the relationships among art, nature, and light to explore the nuances of weather phenomena. Rain appears as hard sheets of water, as eerie mists, or in a summery golden haze; vast expanses of sky are bright blue, winter white, or filled with snow, sleet, and hail. The details encourage both careful, continuous observation and appreciation for the endless varieties of weather.

From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards.

Danielle J. Ford About Danielle J. Ford

Danielle J. Ford is a Horn Book reviewer and an associate professor of Science Education at the University of Delaware.

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