We stopped by our local tiny local library over the weekend and Boy, Were We Wrong About the Weather! by Kathleen V. Kudlinkski just jumped off the shelf and into the arms to come home. The title alone sounds like a daily conversation here in Ohio when there's a small chance of snow nearby. I think this book not only helps readers learn interesting information about weather but it's also about history with a focus on change over time.
The book begins with the Sumerian warriors who believed the weather god, Enlil, was creating thunder and lightening. The believed if they danced Enlil would get in a better mood and the storms would stop. As you can imagine, the text says - "Boy, were they wrong!"
The story flips back and forth from a past to present day or more current time frame with a current explanation for past thinking. For example, the reader learns sailors from Spain met the Tiano Indians who taught them the storm go, Huracan caused the storms they had just sailed through. People didn't believe their stories when they returned home and then the reader learns how scientist today study hurricanes.
Many different types of weather are explained in this story with modern day science thoughts. Did you know the Chinese thought if a dragonfly flew up and down instead of side to side it would rain soon? I didn't know this and now I wish it was summer to see dragonflies and investigate this idea.
I love the ending of this book. It encourages the reader to become that scientist that makes people say, "Boy, were we wrong about the weather!"
Thank you Alyson at Kid Lit Frenzy for encouraging us to share nonfiction picture books all year on Wednesdays.