Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
oin Miss Mingo and her students on a field trip up High Hill to visit the local weather station. Since it is spring, the class is about to experience a number of weather conditions as they make the climb up the steep hill.
irst it is going to be rather warm and some of the students, like Hippo and Panda, will be sweating buckets. Then, as they go higher, some clouds roll in and it looks like they are in for a change.
Hey! Who's throwing marbles?
' asks Cockroach.
They're not marbles,
' replies Ant. '
hen the wind gets stronger and rain begins to pelt down. My goodness, this is turning into a very interesting field trip! When the rain stops, the class climbs onto the top of High Hill where a beautiful rainbow and Ranger Russ greet them. '
I'm so happy you made it,
' he says. '
We're having crazy weather today.
hen the most surprising change of all occurs. Before they can get off the hilltop, the temperature drops rapidly and it begins to snow. What a crazy day!
long with experiencing a number of climatic changes with Miss Mingo and her students, the young reader will also discover how various animals adapt to changes in the weather. For example, hippos secrete a reddish oily fluid called
when it gets too hot. The fluid functions as a skin moisturizer, water repellent and antibiotic.
n hot weather pandas like to stretch out along a tree branch and dangle their legs over each side. Also, as the temperature rises, a cricket's metabolism changes and the insect chirps more.
he third picture book in the Miss Mingo series, this amusing story is aimed at youngsters four years of age and older and is filled with interesting tidbits about animal habits and weather conditions.
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