It Is the Wind
By Ferida Wolff
Illustrated by James Ransome
Lyrical prose and richly textured paintings invite young readers to come along and explore the magical world that opens up between dusk and dawn.
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 – In this inviting story, a child sits on his bed looking out his window and wonders, "What is the noise I hear,/in the night/that wakens me/that shakens me…" At first, he is alarmed, but as he considers all the homey things that could make the sound, he calms. It is only the wind saying goodnight. Wolff’s soothing, repetitive verse re-creates the comforting sounds of the country at night. Children will enjoy the onomatopoetic rhymes. "It is the sheet, I think,/on the line/that rustles swish/that rustles twish…" The quiet mood of the text is reflected in Ransome’s masterful watercolor illustrations…The rich art and rhythmic text make this an excellent bedtime read-aloud.
Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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