Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Written by Judy Barrett and Drawn by Ron Barrrett. ©1989 Aladdin Books/MacMillan Publishing.

The grandfather in Judy Barrett's fun story Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs has quite an imagination! He tells his grandchildren about the land of Chewandswallow, where all the food the people need comes from the sky! This is a very silly book, where meatballs, soup and juice are all kinds of weather! Could that really happen? Read more library books about weather to find out.

The Wind Blew Written and Illustrated by Pat Hutchins. ©1974 by Pat Hutchins. Scholastic/MacMillan Publishing.

The weather in this story is so windy and real that the people of the town have to run behind all their things! When the wind stops, everything is in the wrong places. Did you ever see wind blow like that? There are great pictures of all kinds of things blowing away, in this book. Check it out!

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain Written and Illustrated by Arnold Lobel. ©1982 by Arnold Lobel. Scholastic/William Morris Publishing.

Can a man move a whole mountain? That's what Ming Lo wants to do, in this story about a family living under a mountain that keeps dropping rocks on their house! Ming Lo asks the town wise man to help him solve his problem. How do you think he does it? Read this book to find out!

The Great Kapok Tree A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest, by Lynn Cherry.

The world around the peoples of the Amazon Rain Forest is changing in ways too quick and unexpected. What will these changes bring to the land and sky, and what is happening with the people? Read this to find out more.

The Desert is Theirs Written by Byrd Baylor. Illustrated by Peter Parnall ©1975 by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall. Aladdin Books/MacMillan Publishing.

The Papago Native American tribal members live in the desert. Here is a story about their lives, and the way they live among the plants and animals in the sand and heat of the desert. Creation myths are included in this lyrical text, enhanced by the engaging images. A Caldecott Honor Book. Great for kids 8 and up!




More Great Books About the Universe Around Us



New Beginnings

The Cherry Tree
by Daisaku Ikeda
Knopf, 1991

Can there be hope after the destruction of war? The two Japanese children find new faith by taking care of a cherry tree through the winter and watching it bloom in the spring.

Papagayo: the Mischief Maker
Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott
San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992

In this story, Papagayo, the noisy parrot, helps the night animals of the Amazon rain forest save the moon from being eaten up by the ferocious moon-dog!

How Raven Brought Light to People
Retold by Ann Dixon
Macmillan, 1992

What would happen if a Great Chief of all the universe kept the Sun, the Moon and the Stars in three boxes, away from all the people? The marvelous trickster bird Raven finds a way to make the precious sky bright again, in this adaption of a legend told by the Tlingit Indians of Southeastern Alaska.

How the Stars Fell into the Sky
A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton
Houghton Mifflin, 1992

First Woman filled the night sky with stars in which she wrote all the laws of the land, to help the people live peacefully. But the silly trickster Coyote comes along and scrambles up the perfect messages!

Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale
About How Fire Came to the People

retold by Jonathan London, Illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books, 1993

A lesson in courage and cooperation, this is the tale of how Coyote--with the help of Eagle, Cougar, Fox, Bear, Measuring Worm, Turtle, and Frog--captures fire.

Respecting All Living Things


The Golden Deer
retold by Margaret Hodges
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1992

Buddha comes to the city of Benares, in the form of a beautiful golden deer, and persuades the king to stop killing all the deer in the area, teaching that all life is sacred. A re-telling of the centuries-old Indian classic "The Jataka."

The White Deer and Other Stories
Told by the Lenape Peoples
Edited by John Bierhorst
Morrow, 1995

A collection of twenty-five stories about the world around us from the Lenape, or Delaware, tribe of the United States.

The Desert Is My Mother/El Desierto Es Mi Madre
by Pat Mora, Illustrated by Daniel Lechon
Pinata Books, 1995

Noted Chicana poet Pat Mora here brings forth her own vision of the magnificent beauty of deserts that is home to many Mexicano and indigenous peoples of the United States.

One White Sail: A Caribbean Counting Book
by S.T. Garne
Green Tiger Press, 1992

The stunning beauty of the Caribbean island beaches are presented in a delightful rythmic verse, in this book for early readers.

The Nez Perce: A First Americans Book
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, Illustrated by Ronald Himler
Holiday House, 1994

Here is a book to help treasure always the creation legends of the Nez Perce, one of the tribes of First Peoples of North America, who lived in what are now the states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana.

Peboan and Seegwun
Retold and Illustrated by Charles Larry
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1993

The transition from winter to spring among the Ojibwa people and lands are magnificently illustrated in this book about the changing earth and sky around us.




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