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Weather: Poems for All Seasons by Lee…

Weather: Poems for All Seasons

by Lee Bennett Hopkins

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I really enjoyed this book. I feel as though it helps students get an idea of different seasons, weathers, traditions and sensations. It allows students who may have only lived in one area for their entire life experience these different situations.
I really liked how, through the short stanzas’ text set up, experiences related to one season, month or weather type is detailed into. From there, you could discuss places in the U.S.A as well as other countries that exhibit these climates - and typically at what point in the year. There is also some rhyming occurring, which can develop a knowledge base of this kind of language for students. “I need the ice cream man! | His truck comes just as slowly | As a camel caravan” (pg 18). This also includes a tradition – if you will – that Americans have: An ice cream man!
I believe the illustrations help to really demonstrate the written text. For example, the page that discusses sun states, “The sun | Is a leaping fire | Too hot | To go near, | But it will still | Lie down | In warm yellow squares | On the floor” (pg 16-17). The illustration has this very description and is easy to make this connection. If a student is from an area where they only experience a couple of these different situations, this book can allow the students to almost feel, sense, smell and experience the different situations.
The entire books main idea, to me, is just discussing different situations that people live under. To me, it instills the idea to stay open minded to different ways that people are adjusted to living. It can be drawn that people all over the world experience different things and by going through the information in this book, can allow students to feel those same feelings. ( )
  hfetty1 | Feb 22, 2016 |
Weather can be an interesting and intriguing topic to learn about, especially for young, curious children. Kids always enjoy a nice snow day off of school. The poem ‘Listen’ by Margaret Hillert is about the noise your feet make when you walk in the snow. The poem begins, “Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch, Crunch, crunch, crunch. Frozen snow and brittle ice, Make a winter sound that’s nice. The illustrations show children happily holding hands walking through the snow. The weather poems throughout the book are short and sweet with rhyming words along with colored depictions of the poem. ( )
  cfumai1 | Mar 22, 2015 |
This is a collection of poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Favorite line, " Rain, sleet, snow or sun... whatever the weather, it's worth weathering together!" These poems can be used to introduce a science lesson about weather or maybe just a poetry lesson. Either way, students will enjoy the rhyme scheme and the personification. The simplicity of the poems make it a great choice for k-3. ( )
  epoche | Nov 23, 2014 |
This book is full of easy to read poems. Not all of the poems rhyme but are grouped in general categories; sun, wind, and clouds; rain and fog; and snow and ice, with a miscellaneous category at the end, "Weather Together." The students can read about descriptions of different concepts of weather and seasons but also may be inspired to write their own poetry or think creatively about their natural surroundings. ( )
  aubreycs | Jun 17, 2013 |
This book is a compelation of poems by different authors all about weather. They are grouped in to sectons depending on the subject of each (sun, clouds, fog and rain).
I could see myself using this book during a unit on weather where we read one or two poems a day and then have the children write their poems about the aspect of weather the poem is about. ( )
  KellyLPickett | Apr 23, 2013 |
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"From the catchy nonsense of X. J. Kennedy's 'Snowflake Souffle' to the simple, surprising imagery of Valerie Worth's 'Sun' to Hopkins's own onomatopoeic 'Thunder,' the short lines, satisfying rhyme, and physicalness of the words can lure beginning readers—and also younger listeners—to the joy of sounds that make sense."—BL.

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A collection of poems describing various weather conditions, by authors such as Christina G. Rossetti, Myra Cohn Livingston, and Aileen Fisher.

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