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Jamie Harper

Dear Librarian:

Have you met Miss Mingo? She's a flashy, flamingo teacher with a unique class of animal students. She's been featured in two previous about the first day of school, and the other about fire drills. The books have a storyline, but they also include fascinating animal facts. Some really good facts have come from underneath the caps of Snapple® drinks (I've collected hundreds by now) but I do spend lots of time doing research at the library which I love.

In MISS MINGO WEATHERS THE STORM, Miss Mingo and her class go on a challenging hike. It rains, it pours; there's hail, even snow! Do the animals make it to the top? Fascinating facts about how animals respond to and/or predict different kinds of weather are included separately from the story. My favorite part of making the book was doing research on the animals.

For free Miss Mingo tattoos and a chance to win a signed copy of MISS MINGO WEATHERS THE STORM, email me at

Jamie Harper

"Harper's watercolor-and-ink illustrations marvelously convey emotion as well as personality... The appealing story and wide array of weather facts make this a breath of fresh air to round out and add interest to weather units that are heavy in nonfiction titles." — Starred, Kirkus

Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm / Jamie Harper / Candlewick

Price: $15.99 / ISBN: 978-0763649319 / Published: March, 2012

Ages 4-7 / Picture Book

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