Written by Sandra Markle
Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez
Peachtree Publishers, 2015. Picture Book.
Ally and Grandma are stuck inside on a rainy day. Ally thinks there is nothing to do until her mother bursts in the door. She tells Ally and Grandma to get their slickers and boots on because she has something to show them. Ally is so excited that she asks her mother questions the whole way to the surprise. Grandma reluctantly follows. Ally’s mother finally shows them a large group of toads migrating across a road. Ally, her family, and many other people help the toads make it safely to the other side of the road. Toad Weather lets the reader join in Ally’s excitement as she anticipates her mother’s surprise. The realistic illustrations create a believable and beautiful rainy-day atmosphere for the toads and the reader. After the story, the author includes an explanation of the real life situation from which this story was drawn. A good choice for a realistic but fun picture book for children of preschool age and up.