EVENING GRAY, MORNING RED: A Handbook of American Weather Wisdom by Barbara Wolff

EVENING GRAY, MORNING RED: A Handbook of American Weather Wisdom

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This consists of some 27 two-to-four-line folk rhymes of weather prediction, each with a few more lines elaborating on it but not explaining why it works. All are assumed to be true--which might leave a mistaken impression about such sayings in general. Wolff is at her sloppiest on the New England rhyme ""When the wind is from the east,/It's not good for man or beast,"" where she explains that an east wind usually brings rain but doesn't point out that this is an East Coast phenomenon. There are no blatant falsehoods passed on here as wisdom; in fact, at least eighteen of the sayings, in identical or nearly identical form, had already been gathered and approved by Eric Sloane in his Folklore of American Weather (1963).

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1976
Publisher: Macmillan