Remember the last time you watched out your window as a big storm rolled in on pitch-painted clouds with leaf funnels dancing wildly? Rockwell's reminiscent text and Sauber's lustrous paintings filled with movement, energy, and emotion recreate a vivid portrayal of a family weathering the storm together. Gather your children or grandchildren in bed with you, cuddle up together under a cozy quilt, and savor this special book that captures both the power of the storm and the reassurance of being surrounded by loved ones.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Fall is the season of changing colors, but it is also the time when big storms brew along the Eastern coastlines. A young girl's family does not have much time to get ready before the rain starts and the winds hit. After a noise-filled night, calm returns and mother and child go exploring the debris-covered beach. Predominantly a mood piece, the poetic text gives a youngster's view of the events as they happen. Sauber's changing perspectives reflect the family's concern, fear, and eventual thankfulness at being safe. The darkening intensity of borders and backgrounds effectively suggests the ominous arrival of the storm and its fury. In startling contrast is the brightness of the morning's sunlight as the cleanup begins. Yet, despite the dramatic scenes, the characters seem strangely static and mannequinlike. Overall, an additional purchase.-Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada