What with all the hurricane talk, I got to thinking about a picture book that's been a long time favorite. If you haven't read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett, you're in for a weather and food treat. Grandpa tells the story of the people who lived in the town of Chewandswallow. There, as Grandpa tells it, the weather came 3 times a day, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. "Everything that everyone ate came from the sky." In addition to meatballs, it rained soup and juice, it snowed mashed potatoes and green peas, and sometimes it stormed hamburgers. People just came outside with their dishes and caught the food. Street cleaners had an interesting job. Trouble came when the food began to get bigger and bigger, and there got to be more of it. How the people coped is part of the tall tale.
When you finish that one, try the sequel. Pickles to PIttsburgh. Actually, Judi Barrett has written many picture books you would enjoy, and her husband Ron Barrett has done a great job of illustrating them.
I like to imagine strawberries falling from the sky -- I 'd be out there with my bowl in no time!