From School Library Journal
Grade 3-7?Christian describes strange weather events such as raining frogs, singing caves, and colored rain, giving solid meteorological data. He includes lore and information about legends such as Groundhog Day that will be especially helpful for the annual requests on that topic. (Unfortunately, there's no mention of El Ni?o.) Possible science-fair projects can be developed from the experiments included, such as making a barometer or hygrometer. Suitable precautions appear when necessary. However, the activities, which require simple materials and include step-by-step, clearly written directions, are not the unique items in the book. What will draw readers is the assortment of material on phenomena such as human hailstones or the famous weather-forecasting goats of Mount Nebo. Black-and-white cartoons and other illustrations appear on every page, but they're more decorative than informative.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA
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From Kirkus Reviews
In this chatty entry in the Spencer Christian's World of Wonders series, the Good Morning America personality puts together anecdotes, odd facts, brief experiments, and information on weather phenomena. Under discussion are basic weather patterns, clouds, rain, snow, hail, thunder, lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes, weather instruments, and related folklore. Quirky facts from around the world are presented without sources, and the experiments are not always well-conceived: For a rain gauge made from an empty olive jar (with a ruler to mark off inches), readers are told to gather rain in a coffee can (to pour into the gauge), but not that the size of the can will influence readings. In another experiment, readers are instructed to put a flameproof glass cake pan filled with water on a stove top (the illustration shows a gas burner) over low heat to show that water moves from cool to warm areas; those pans are not always intended to sit directly on gas flames, and heating only one area may cause cracking. This in an interesting and readable book, but readers may have to go to other sources for safer activities, and to gain clearer distinctions between facts and folklore. (b&w photos, illustrations, maps, charts, diagrams, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.