Saturday, November 15, 2014

Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard Review (#weatherscience, #HowlingHornGiftGuide)


About the book
*information obtained from Regnery Publishing

Washington, D.C. - Winter is just around the corner, and if it's anything like last year we're in for a lot of snow flakes, snow storms, and, of course, snow days! But what exactly causes these big blizzards to brew? How can we better prepare?

In Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard, the second book in her delightful series, Janice Dean and Freddy the Frogcaster introduce young children to the science behind blizzards and chilly weather patterns.

The story picks up with our friend Freddy taking a school trip to Frog News Network. At the weather desk, Freddy notices a big blizzard blowing into the little town of Lilypad and jumps into action, building blizzard kits for the weather team - kits that will ultimately lead to Freddy saving the day once again.

This delightful book will endear itself to both children and adults with its vivid illustrations, charming, lovable characters, and interesting science facts. Not only does Freddy teach the science behind inclement weather, he also teaches kids that knowledge and perserverance go a long way.

At the end of the book, Freddy shares pages of fun lessons, inlcuding winter weather words, the role of meteorologists, and fascinating facts to help children articulate the things they see in the sky. There is even a "Winter Storm Checklist" to actively engage kids in preparing for a big blizzard.

Freddy the Frogcaster is a unique resource to engage kids in a conversation about science. Weather is news that changes every day, and Freddy encourages kids to get outside and observe the world around them - and, most importantly,be prepared!

About the author

Known as the "Weather Machine", author Janice Dean has been forecasting the weather on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network since 2004. She is a trained meteorologist and was awarded the American Meteorology Society Seal of Approval for her keen skills in forecasting and presenting the weather. Before Fox, Dean fostered her broadcasting career as a DJ, anchor, and host.

Dean, mother of two young boys, enjoys sharing her love of science with kids and adults alike. She lives in the New York City area.

About the illustrator

Award-winning illustrator and animator, Russ Cox, is founder of Smiling Otis Studio and illustrator of The Very 1st Christmas Tree, Major Manners Presents Nite-Nite Soldier, and Molly Kite Has Faith. His elaborate and adorable illustrations won first place in the Published People's Choice, as well as in the Emerging Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrators conference.

My thoughts

I absolutely love science. I knew that I had to get my Bachelor's in chemistry because I love knowing how things work. It is a strong desire of mine that my kids inherit my love of learning and my love of science. And, I think they have.

I loved the idea of a book that teaches about weather facts and how to predict storms. Monkey loved Freddy the Frogcaster and all the frogs in this story. The illustrations are captivating and Monkey loved talking about each picture as we read the book together. This book arrived at the perfect time since the area I live in got snow the last few days. So I got to use this book to teach Monkey about snowstorms.

At the end of the book, there are several pages that discuss winter storms and all the terms associated with them. The book even provides a winter storm checklist which I thought was a brilliant idea. This book contains a lot of great information that is delivered in a fun and cute way. Monkey loves this book and enjoys using it to talk about the snowy weather outside.

Make sure to get this book from Regnery Kids  and to check out the fun activities they have posted on their site!

*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to do this review. All opinions are my own. 

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