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On the same day in March : a tour of the world's weather
Singer, Marilyn.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Highlights a wide variety of weather conditions by taking a tour around the world and examining weather in different places on the same day in March.
General Note:
Colored map of the world in endpapers.
Reading Level:
AD 540 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 35679.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 1 Quiz: 22910 Guided reading level: P.
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QC981.3 .S57 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC981.3 .S57 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC981.3 .S57 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QC981.3 .S57 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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On the same day in March...
Polar bears ride on Artic ice.
People in French cafes turn up
their faces to the sun.
Hailstones roll over Indian hillsides.
Rain makes a river in Kenya.

On the same day that it's icy cold in the Artic, it's foggy in Louisiana, sunny in Barbados, and blowing wild winds called willy-willies in Austrailia. In this poetic exploration of longitude and weather, with bright and detailed paintings of seventeen different places, Marilyn Singer and Frane Lessac show us what's happening from the poles to the equator-- all on the same day in March.

Top 10 Science Books for Children 2000 (Booklist) and Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2001, National Council for SS & Child. Book Council

Author Notes

Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 3, 1948, and lived most of her early life in North Massapequa on Long Island. She attended Queens College, City University of New York as an English major and education student, and for her junior year, attended Reading University, in England. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Queens and a MA in Communications from New York University. Marilyn Singer had been teaching English in New York City high schools for several years when she began writing in 1974. Initially, she wrote film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides and filmstrips. She also began looking into magazine writing. Her article proposals were not very successful, but she did manage to have some of her poetry published. Then one day she penned a story featuring talking insects she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories and in 1976 her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published.

Since then, Marilyn has published more than 50 books for children and young adults. In addition to a rich collection of fiction picture books, Singer has also produced a wide variety of nonfiction works for young readers as well as several poetry volumes in picture book format. Additionally, Singer has edited volumes of short stories for young adult readers, including Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls and I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 1^-3, younger for reading aloud. From pole to pole, from Paris to the Texas panhandle, Singer and Lessac collaborate to show us the weather in 17 different places around the globe on the same day in March. In the Northern Hemisphere, children will learn it is spring, while in the Southern Hemisphere, they'll find that autumn is underway. For each setting, Singer provides a few lines of lyrical text that vividly create the climate ("In the Nile Valley fog threads through the temples") as Lessac's single-and double-page spreads colorfully show us the way the weather and the world look. An appended author's note adds factual information to the mix, an endpaper map puts the places readers will visit in a global context. The book doubles as a delightfully agreeable introduction to both climatology and geography. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this companion volume to their Nine O'Clock Lullaby, Singer and Lessac embark on a meteorological trip around the globe, pointing out the drastically different weather conditions that can occur in various places, all on the same day. From the Arctic to the Texas Panhandle, Northern Kenya and all the way down to Antarctica, readers trek across both hemispheres, checking out snow, ice, fog, clouds, sun and heat. Singer's poetic language makes the voyage a particularly intriguing one, describing African rains that "leave the gift of a river," Patagonian clouds, "white puffs" that "vanish wet and cold/ in [a boy's] fat warm hands" and, in Barbados, sunlight that "dazzles on the sand." Lessac's folk-art paintings are like stylized picture-postcards, featuring jaunty groupings of brightly clad people and distinctive backgrounds, ranging from bustling cityscapes to wide-open countryside. No matter the time of year, youngsters will be eager to take this informative tour. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-As in Nine O'Clock Lullaby (HarperCollins, 1993), Singer and Lessac circumnavigate the globe exploring similarities and differences. Here, the intrepid travelers tackle the weather. With carefully crafted, childlike illustrations and a succinct, engaging text, the weather in 17 locales that include Paris, New York City, the Nile Valley, Darjeeling, Northern Kenya, and Patagonia is touched upon. The closing refrain on each double-page spread, "On the same day in March-," is sure to encourage listeners to join in. Inhabitants are depicted engaged in activities and attire appropriate to that area in March, though the Arctic, Antarctic, and the Texas Panhandle (during a tornado) are illustrated sans humans. An author's note offers a brief explanation of the Earth's orbit and the seasons, and a map of the world indicates the places visited in the book. Classes engaged in units on weather or world geography will find this book most interesting. Others will enjoy the repetition, the detailed illustrations, and the tiny taste of faraway places. A useful and engaging addition.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.