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• This is a beautiful, soothing and lyrical story about a mother helping her daughter through a thunder storm. No easy
feat, to put soothing and thunder storm in the same sentence, but Macken and Gaber do it masterfully here.
• It would be helpful and comforting if you have a little one who is afraid of storms.
• The illustrations, done in acrylic, are exquisite.
• The language is rhyming, not to be confused with a phonetic lesson, think poetic.
At the outset of this serene story, a little girl in the garden with her mother questions why the wind is starting to howl.
Daughter: "What's that I hear?"
Mama: "It's only the wind in the treetops, my dear."
Daughter: "Why does it whistle?
Mama: "A storm's on its way. The wind calls the raindrops to come out and play."
And thus begins this poetic tale of an approaching storm. Mama explains carefully, with gentle, almost musical language, that the storm will come and they will weather it with no harm. Daughter has many questions and Mama answers each one with a tender response.
As I said above, this story would be particularly helpful if your little one is afraid of storms. But don't let that stop you if your child is not afraid, because it is also a loving story about a mother and a daughter. I especially liked what the author had to say in her bio on the back jacket, "When a storm strikes, we all long to hear a reassuring voice and feel a comforting touch...safe haven I wish every child could enjoy." If it is possible, Maken's words and Gaber's illustrations have produced a safe haven of motherly love between the covers of this lovely book.
Joann Early Macken
2010, 32 pages
Rhyming Language, Excellent Read-Aloud, Exquisite Illustrations, Extraordinary Language
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