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Teacher’s Guide

Toad Weather

by Sandra Markle
illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

Something amazing is happening in the rainy city – and with Mama’s help, Ally is going to find it.

There’s nothing to do on a rainy day – or so Ally thinks. But Mama says she’s seen something amazing, so despite Ally’s misgivings, she sets out on an adventure with her mother and grandmother. On her journey, she sees all sorts of things: dripping awnings, wet cardboard, splashing cars…but also earthworms, storm drain geysers, and oil slick patterns. And then they turn the corner, just in time to see a big crowd. What’s happening?

Lyrical text from Sandra Markle and stunning paintings from Thomas Gonzalez, New York Times best-selling illustrator of 14 Cows for America, tell the story of a remarkable, natural occurrence in an urban setting. Toad Weather is an engaging story of anticipation, curiosity, investigation, and discovery.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-818-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2015
Page Count: 32
Size: 11″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-286-4
Publication Date: 3/1/2021
Page Count: 32
Size: 11″ x 8-3/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-353-3
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre RF
Lexile: AD400L
Themes: Conservation, Habitat, Life Cycle
BISAC 1: JUV002120 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Frogs & Toads
BISAC 2: JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Weather
BISAC 3: JUV023000 JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life


“Gonzalez’s colorful illustrations, almost photo-realistic yet shimmering with rainy-day mystery, add excitement to an already engrossing story.” ―The New York Times

“A fine addition to the sense-of-wonder shelf.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Gonzalez’s illustrations lovingly capture the wet reflections of galoshes, glowing street lights, and shadows in aqueous watercolor washes, and the rows of toads leaping through the grass are awfully cute.” ―Booklist

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“An appealing seasonal selection” ―School Library Journal

“Gonzalez’s pastel, pencil, and airbrush illustrations movingly highlight the softening attitudes of the girl and her grandmother as they get swept up in one of nature’s small, unexpected miracles.”Publishers Weekly

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Parents’ Choice Recommended Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2015

Green Earth Book Award (Short List, Picture Book) ―The Nature Generation, 2016

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Awards (Nominee) ―Arkansas Department of Education, 2017-2018

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Meet the Author

Author Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of more than two hundred children’s books, which have won numerous awards, includingBoston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Children, NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, and ALA Notable Books for Children. She lives in New Zealand. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Thomas Gonzalez is an illustrator, designer, and portrait artist. A native of Cuba, Tom came to the United States when he was ten years old. He studied at the Atlanta School of Art (now called Savannah of Art and Design). After working at the Coca-Cola Company for more than twenty years, Tom held several creative positions with other global brands. He has illustrated many picture books, including 14 Cows for AmericaSeven and a Half Tons of Steel, and Countdown. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.