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Can it rain cats and dogs? Questions and answers about weather

Can it rain cats and dogs? Questions and answers about weather

Gilda Berger, Melvin Berger
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 7 to 9
Scholastic Inc., 1999   ISBN: 978-0439085731

Can it really rain cats and dogs? If you have ever asked yourself this question then this is the book for you because this intriguing query, and many others besides, is answered within its pages.

It cannot actually rain cats and dogs but it has, in some places, rained frogs and fish. When we say "It's raining cats and dogs" we simply mean that it is raining very hard. The authors go on explain the origins of this phrase and readers are sure to find the story interesting.

Though this is certainly an appealing question, it is only one of many which the authors of this book answer. They explore how weather systems form, how temperature is measured, and how wind speed is measured. If you wonder what happens to puddles after it rains you will find the answer here. Why are clouds different shapes and why do they have different colors? This question is answered here as well.

By the time they finish reading this book readers will have a new appreciation for what makes and affects our weather. They will also have a better understanding of the systems which influence our lives in both small and profound ways.

With numerous illustrations and diagrams to break up the text, this Scholastic Question and Answer book will give young readers plenty to think about.