A visual compendium of weather phenomena offers some scientific explanations along with more personal reflections.
Teckentrup’s handsome full-color, full-page illustrations in a generous trim size offer a range of perspectives and moods that photographs might be hard-pressed to capture. A conversational, explanatory text supports the art, briefly describing the science behind rain or sunlight or wind. “We have such a strong connection to the weather, we can’t help but wonder about it.” An unseen narrator invites readers to consider their own experiences with weather: “Have you ever seen a glorious, clear summer sky and wondered why it is so blue?” The illustrations are divided into four sections: “Sun,” “Rain,” “Ice and Snow,” and “Extreme Weather.” Landscapes and townscapes depicted are in four-season temperate (rather than desert or tropical) zones. People and animals appear as distant shapes in a very few of the illustrations. The introduction to extreme weather notes that it “feels like someone turned up the volume on our regular weather,” acknowledging human activity as the cause of the rapid warming of the planet. Thunderstorms, hail, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and droughts are described, and this section ends with a question about the future. A 27-item glossary and an author’s note acknowledging several classical landscape painters constitute the backmatter.
An immersive, inviting mix of appealing art and information. (Nonfiction. 5-10)