Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Jill McDonald
Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Random House, 2016   ISBN: 978-0553521016

Every day most of us look of the window first thing in the morning to see what kind of weather awaits us. When we draw the curtains or open the blinds we can determine what kinds of clothes and accessories we are going to need when we venture outside.

If it is hot, and the sun is shining down on the veggies and flowers growing in the garden, we know that we should put on our warm-weather clothes such as shorts, a t-shirt and sandals. A sun hat is also a good idea too so that we can “enjoy the sun.”

If we look out of the window and see that a wind is fluttering the golden leaves in the tree we get out a warm jacket, pants and earmuffs. We might even want to find a kite to play with outside.

When touches of frost lie on the grass and on the leaves in the trees it is time to bundle up in a sweater, jeans, and warm socks. Even if the sun is shining it can be chilly on a “crisp, cool morning.”

What makes this book special is that the multimedia artwork gives children lots of clues about what to expect outdoors when certain weather conditions prevail. As the pages turn we experience a hot summer’s day, windy and cool falls days, a snowy winter day, and a wet spring day. Children will see the changes in the trees and in the garden, and will learn how to dress in each situation. For each of the five weather scenarios, we see what the characters in the story choose to wear and we are given the names of all the clothes and accessories that they use.