Thursday, November 29, 2007

Weather Book Talk

Once again, each of us had to do a presentation in my Library Materials for Children class...this time it was a "book talk" on any topic to any young audience of readers (or their parents). I chose to do weather related books and tried to focus my selections to appeal to children who live in an urban setting, seeing that most took place in the city. I broke the 15 books down into 4 sections: heat, rain, snow, and extreme weather. Here are some of the highlights of my favorites from the list and a short annotation after each.

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue, written by Karen English, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, Clarion Books, 2004 - Kishi and RenĂ©e’s tempers flare at each other, as each refuses to play on the hottest day of the summer. They soon make up as they find fun ways to pass the day and overcome the heat. Buy it! Borrow it! Learn more!

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, retold by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Beatriz Vidal, Dial Press, 1981 - Travel to Africa’s Kapiti Plain as Ki-pat, a Maasai herdsman, wishes for the rains to come to his dry land. Listen and watch as rain quenches the earth in this lyrical poem connecting humans, animals, and the land. Buy it! Borrow it! Learn more!

Come on, Rain!, written by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic Press, 1999 - In this book, Tessie waits for the coming rainstorm with her three friends and observes how the wind and rain bring long-awaited changes to the city. Buy it! Borrow it! Learn more!

The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, Viking Press, 1962 - This is a story about a little boy named Peter and his fun-filled day out in the snow. Follow Peter as he discovers new things to do outside. Buy it! Borrow it! Learn more!

Monsoon, written by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Jamel Akib, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003 -This book is a peek into the lives of a northern Indian community awaiting heavy rains to end their dry season. Hope, fear, and relief are all bundled together in this exciting look at another culture and their extreme weather. Buy it! Borrow it! Learn more!


melissa said...

LOVE this review, Sarah! Thanks for posting it. It's always so interesting to know what you're up to in school AND get handy suggestions for Christmas gift for my nieces & nephews. :)

Amy and Andrew said...

Nice diverse selection my dear. Makes me want to buy a host of children's books!

Alli said...

I love the Snowy Day!

The Lindahl News said...

Sometimes books are even better than chocolate (if you love chocolate, of course!). Imagine how much more fun you are going to have than a regular person when you have a job where you are surrounded by books. I love working in a library!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(And far less calories and temptation than working in a place like Ethel's!)

Sally said...

I totally remember the book The Snowy Day! I think I loved that book!

Great post Sarah!

Again - you are totally a pro!