Allison's Book Bag

The Weather Machine, Janice Dean

Posted on: January 7, 2015

JaniceDeanFox News broadcast meteorologist Janice Dean has penned her second tale about Freddy Frog, who is an aspiring weather forecaster. I’ll review Dean’s book here tomorrow: January 8. Save the date!

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

According to her bio on the jacket flap of Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard, Dean joined Fox News in 2004. Since that time, she has reported on some of the biggest weather stories in history such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, as well as the Moor and El Reno 2013 tornadoes in Oklahoma. Viewers know her as “The Weather Machine,” a nickname given her by a news anchor when introducing her on his show. She lives in New York.

BOOK BACKGROUND

In an interview with Fox News, Dean talks about how her books are educational, in teaching kids about weather. The latter is a topic which fascinates kids, including her son who at age three compared his squeezing water out of a wash cloth to clouds and rain. Dean also talks about the characters she created. Freddy Frog has been frog casting the weather since he was a tadpole. His friends Sally Croaker and Polly Wagon are always there to support him. Finally, her books have morals and themes. For example, there are characters to root for and to root against, especially when ones make questionable choices.

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Almost a year after I announced that it was time to take a step back from this blog, Allison's Book Bag is still here. I'm slowly working back up to weekly reviews again. Each week, there will be one under any of these categories: Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, religious books, or diversity books. Some will come in the form of single reviews and others in the form of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado by Janice Dean
  • The Distance Between Us by Reya Grande
  • Hearts of Fire from The Voice of Matyrs

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