Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

by Debi Gliori
     
 

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In the spirit of her best-selling picture book No Matter What comes another warm, snuggly picture book from Debi Gliori. As a mama fox tucks her baby into bed, she soothes his nighttime fears of the storm outside his window with the promise of watching over him while he sleeps, just like all other baby animals around the world. The adorable illustrations and

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In the spirit of her best-selling picture book No Matter What comes another warm, snuggly picture book from Debi Gliori. As a mama fox tucks her baby into bed, she soothes his nighttime fears of the storm outside his window with the promise of watching over him while he sleeps, just like all other baby animals around the world. The adorable illustrations and lilting rhyme will help see any child through the stormiest of weather or the darkest of nights.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
A mother fox settles her little one in for the night and the two imagine animals all over the world preparing for bed in a similar manner. Mother reassures her child that "in darkness black and soft and deep, I'll watch beside you while you sleep". In the imagined scenarios thunder and lightning rages, leaves swirl, trees bend in the wind, and rain falls in torrents; but all the animal mothers safely hold and protect their little ones. The warm palette of the opening pages depicting cozy nighttime rituals gives way to the dark tones of stormy skies and angry weather. The rhyming text is comforting and the watercolors clearly show contented babies lovingly embraced by their mothers whether in a tree or a warren or on an iceberg or a leaf raft. That mother's love is constant and ever vigilant is the comforting message. There is a great deal of warmth and charm in this book that most children will find satisfying but a child fearful of storms may be anxious after having this read at bedtime. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-K—When night falls, parents ease their children's worries as the youngsters prepare for bed. From the strong polar bear to the tiny snail, the animal mothers and fathers are universal in their affection. The story's lulling pace enhances the quiet bedtime read-aloud. A mother rabbit assures her bunny, "If thunder tore the night in two/and lightning played at peekaBOO,/we'd watch the storm pass overhead,/then curl up safe and snug in bed." The clear message maintains its reassuring focus through peaceful phrases. Gliori's familiar characters assist the straightforward narrative through expressive faces, completing a unified package. Watercolor-and-ink spreads utilize warm earth tones within the family homes to contrast the sometimes threatening outside elements or cool night backdrops. Nimble lines support the comforting images, and swirling designs and twinkling stars add unique details. Cozy and inviting, this gentle read will soothe young listeners.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Kirkus Reviews
A genderless parent fox cuddles with its baby at bedtime and explains in several scenarios how he or she would protect the little one from any weather that could break the night's peace. From there, the sing-songy rhyming narrative visits several parent animals in their natural environments shielding their young from all kinds of rain, wind and snow. Though the point seems to be to soothe fears, it has backfire potential. Such lines as, "If thunder tore the night in two, / and lightning played at peekaBOO," could invite children to ponder if thunder really could tear the night in two. Richly colored, sweeping images of ominous gray clouds and lightning filling up the sky add to the menace. But for every possible scare, the parent animal swiftly smoothes out the wrinkles-"we'd watch the storm pass overhead, / then curl up safe and snug in bed"-accompanied by Gliori's equally comforting visuals. There is certainly no shortage of cuddly bedtime stories about parents keeping children safe and sound, but this is a solid addition nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802794192
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
784,282
Product dimensions:
9.22(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

DEBI GLIORI is well known for her picture books, including No Matter What, the Dead Magic series for middle grade readers, and most recently, The Trouble with Dragons. She lives in Scotland.

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