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Mira Forecasts the Future Hardcover – June 14, 2016
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"...a fresh and unique story that has never (to my knowledge) been done. And that is a very hard task to accomplish." - Eileen Manes, The Well-Read Review
"Mira is an excellent character. Her anguish about not having her mother's gift gives way when she discovers her own gift. Trying to emulate her mother's talent only got in the way of Mira discovering her own." - Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews
"This book is great on several levels - smart young female doing science? Yes! Discovering your niche? Yes! I also love the coming together of the ... boardwalk vibe with the hard science of meteorology." - Melanie Manzer Kyle, Schreibenfreude
"Kell Andrews' new picture book, Mira Forecasts the Future, can spark interest in a career of weather forecasting." (Five-star review) - Cindy Hewitt, The Examiner
About the Author
Lissy Marlin is a US-based illustrator with a passion and love for animation, visual development, and children's books. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and studied illustration at the University of the Arts of Philadelphia. Her main purpose as an artist is to make people smile with beautiful and inspiring illustrations.
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This is an entertaining as well as an educational read that explores an intermingling of fortune telling, which Mira cannot do, and weather forecasting, which Mira does quite well. Mira is smart, caring, honest, independent, and brave . . . and she may very well become quite an inspiration to your child.
Many years ago, my next-door neighbor's first born, Andrew, started showing an interest in science at a very early age. When someone would ask him what television shows he liked, he would say "The Weather Channel." Seriously. He'd watch it for hours.
I had never heard of such a thing! It opened my eyes to how some children are naturally drawn to being passionate about the weather.
For Andrew, his love of weather turned into great things. His parents encouraged him to follow his heart, and his brilliance flourished. Then, when I read the bio of author Kell Andrews, I saw how she "grew up in a household obsessed with the weather." The first thing I thought about was how much Andrew would have LOVED this book. I'm not sure where he is today or if he has children. I must find out and send him a copy.
This is a beautiful book, too. I love the large size, and the illustrations are colorful and modern. You almost feel as though the characters are going to jump from the page in animation. I especially love Mira's eyes.
I look forward to seeing more even books from Kell Andrews in the future. I predict they'll be equally great.
My favorite part: There are too many books out there where silly adults don't listen to kids. I love that Mira proves herself to be smart and trustworthy and when it counts, all her adult friends stand behind her and says "Listen to Mira!"
This book is great on several levels-- smart young female doing science? Yes! Discovering your niche? Yes! I also love the coming together of the sort of gypsy/Roma carnival boardwalk vibe with the hard science of meteorology. There aren't all that many picture books about meteorology and this has just enough non-fiction elements without feeling too "sciency" for the reader who wants a fun story.
I write picture books myself, and as I mentioned, I love the blending of fiction and non-fiction in this book. I have a few manuscripts I'm working on which do the same thing -- a bit of guerilla education never hurt anyone-- but I have to make sure that the main character is engaging, because in this book, we don't care about the weather at all until we care about Mira.
Chances are, you know someone who likes the weather or you know a budding young scientist. This is an adorable book for them!
This is a great book for all ages with colorful pictures and a great story!
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