Weather Science and Mythology from Around the World
What will the weather be today? Is it going to be sunny and clear, or will there be icy winds? Do I need a coat? These seem like simple questions, but the challenge to predict and understand the weather has perplexed humankind for thousands of years.
In Stories in the Clouds, Joan Marie Galat expands the scope of her popular Dot to Dot in the Sky series to look at the weather as we understand it today, contrasted with the myths and legends our ancestors used to explain the weather—from sunshine and clouds to violent storms. Read about Russia’s Father Frost, whose icy touch was a danger to those he deemed unworthy. Discover the tale of Maui, the Hawaiian god who brought powerful winds to his island just to fly his tree-sized kite, and Lei-Gong, the Chinese Thunder god who, when displeased, could make the clouds roll and rumble with each strike of his drum.
With gorgeous pastel illustrations by Georgia Graham, Stories in the Clouds features detailed sidebars to explain the seasons and our atmosphere. You will find curious facts and trivia that explain the weather's strange and erratic behavior, alongside stories from around the world. Together they demonstrate what a mysterious and wonderful phenomenon the weather can really be.
Galat has wonderfully woven science and lore together to produce an entertaining and enlightening book. It's a great read that will have you seeing weather in a whole new way. —Josh Classen, Chief Meteorologist, CTV Edmonton
Joan has created yet another perfect blend of science and stories. A beautiful mix of weather elements, that are scientifically accurate, together with anecdotal mythology that adds such a human perspective to our world. I have always loved reading her books, and this one does not disappoint.
—Claire Martin, Meteorologist
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