Knowing Nature

Eric Sloane's Weather Book

Eric Sloane



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Eric Sloane is one of my all-time favorite authors, and the reappearance after many years of his fascinating book on weather and weather lore is an event to be celebrated. This is a book that anyone teaching meteorology will want to have available -- absolutely no student could fail to find the subject interesting if you share Eric Sloane with them.

In simple language, Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting - and does so in a universally appealing way.

With humor and common sense shining through in a book that's also lively and informative, Sloane shows readers how to predict the weather by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, and animal sounds. This beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of climate lore will enlighten outdoorsmen, farmers and sailors as much as it will your students. Anyone who has ever wondered what a large halo around the moon means, why birds "sit it out" before a storm, and whether or note to take an umbrella when leaving home will love this book.

Look at the Sky

. . . and Tell the Weather

Eric Sloane

Softbound, copiously illustrated with black and white drawings


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Look at the Sky was Eric Sloane's favorite among all his books.  In it he shares not only his love of the weather itself, but his clear understanding of the art and science of weather forecasting.  Sloane himself is credited with being the first broadcast weatherman - it was his idea to have farmers from all over New England call in their weather observations which he would then broadcast and comment upon.  Not a bad system, really.

It is out of his love and enthusiasm for the weather that he wrote and illustrated several weather books, including Look at the Sky. To read it is to be caught up in the world of moving clouds and changeable winds, and to fall in love with actually looking at the sky.  He is more detailed about weather forecasting in this book than in either Eric Sloane's Weather Book or Eric Sloane's Book of Storms, and as such, this is a book that will probably best serve high school students and adults.  But do leave this one around the house or classroom if there are late grades students about - they may not penetrate everything, but they will be fascinated by the drawings and stories of weather lore, and inspired to go outside and really look at the sky.  I believe that is something that will stay with anyone who reads Sloane's weather books.

This is such a good book - please do read it.

Eric Sloane's Book of Storms

Hurricanes, Twisters and Squalls

Eric Sloane



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Put some punch into your lessons on weather! Or, just leave this book lying around to fascinate children and adults alike.

Eric Sloane brings his characteristic enthusiasm to bear on the subject of extreme weather events - and leaves every reader not only edified, but captivated with wonder that such things can be.

What triggers a tornado? What can you see in the eye of a hurricane? What is the difference between a thunderbolt and a thunderclap? Eric Sloane demonstrates why weather is something best understood by seeing it. His rich illustrations show weather in action with not a glimmer of a sunny day - cyclonic storms, whirlwinds, waterspounts, lightnigh bolts, and other fascinating, weather-related topics abound. More than 70 pages of drawings and diagrams bring the worst of weather alive in a most wonderful way.

Weather Almanac

Eric Sloane


Line-drawing illustrations by the author throughout


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Weather Almanac is a wonderful resource for those teaching the Meteorology block in the Waldorf curriculum (about Grade 6) or for eager students studying the same block.  It's also a delightful book just to keep around and pick up from time to time -- there's always something more to be learned, and no end of interesting things to discover.

In addition to being an artist and folklorist, Eric Sloane was TV's first weatherman and an author whose books offer a rich combination of history, lore, and practical information.  Weather Almanac combines Eric Sloane's Almanac and Weather Forecaster with Folklore of American Weather into a single volume filled with fascinating forecasting tips based on wind, clouds, the moon, and other natural phenomena.  Sloane relates each month of the year to typical weather conditions, highlighting his observations with 135 nostalgic drawings.

New Eyes for Plants

A Workbook for Observing and Drawing Plants

Margaret Colquhoun and Axel Ewald


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This gorgeous book presents one of the finest ways to get to know and understand the life of plants and their relationship to the world and to us. Approached with a sensitive artistry, the reader is guided through exercises and examples that unveil the vibrancy of plantlife as they refine one's artistic skills. If you have ever longed to really "see" plants in their fullness, this book will guide your way.

When Elephants Weep

The Emotional Lives of Animals

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson with Susan McCarthy


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I think I'll let Jane Goodall (whom I have loved and admired since childhood) tell you about this book:

This is not only an important book, it is marvelous! If animals could read they would be filled with joy and gratitude to the authors - as I am. It is scholarly, vivid, and compelling. Please read it.

This is a truly great book - I also hope you will read it.

Dogs Never Lie About Love

Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Currently being offered as a FREE BOOK with $25 purchase. Click the link in the sidebar for details.


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** Originally $14.99 **

Myth, literature, scientific studies, personal stories, observation and just plain LOVE guide the reader through the surprising depth of canine emotional complexity, revealing what dog lovers have always known, that our 'best friends' have a wonderful and rich inner landscape. The author's own three dogs are the centerpieces of the book and lead the way in his exploration of a wide range of subjects - from emotions like gratitude, compassion, loneliness, and disappointment to speculating what dogs dream of and how their powerful sense of smell shapes their perception of reality. As he sweeps aside old prejudices about animal behavior, Masson reaches into a rich universe of dog feeling to find its essential core: love. A great, soul-warming journey.