The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book

The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book

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by Nancy Tafuri

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Dark black clouds start to gather. The wind begins to blow. A storm is coming! Count from 1 to 10 as Bird, Mouse, Rabbit, and their friends take shelter in a cozy hollow. The animals are all safe for the night, but who else is hiding in the cave with them?
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Dark black clouds start to gather. The wind begins to blow. A storm is coming! Count from 1 to 10 as Bird, Mouse, Rabbit, and their friends take shelter in a cozy hollow. The animals are all safe for the night, but who else is hiding in the cave with them?

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This fun picture book is geared toward beginning readers. It starts with an incoming storm that threatens the ability to stay dry and out of the elements of a number of meadow animals. Gathering clouds and wind send a bird and a mouse for cover even as lightning and raindrops send other animals into the hill hollow the other creatures have found. By number ten, the storm is going full strength and the poor animals are huddled together. In the morning, the storm seems to have dissipated, but there are still strange rumblings and grumblings in the hollow that sound just like the storm. All of a sudden, the animals realize that they have been hiding throughout the night with two sleepy bears; for safety reasons, they leave the hollow as quickly as they can. In accordance, the numbers drop back down from ten to one and the animals find that the storm has provided them with quite a beautiful morning. The illustrations are rendered in watercolor inks and pencils and match the tone of the book effectively. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Youngsters will begin counting up to 10 immediately as the gathering clouds and wind force a bird to take cover in a hollow part of a hill. Next comes a mouse scampering for shelter, followed by a skittering squirrel. They are soon joined by a rabbit, a chipmunk, a fox, etc. In the morning, after the skies clear, the 10 small woodland critters continue to hear "a rumble and a grumble in the air" and realize that their cave was already occupied by two sleeping bears. Children can then count back down as the animals make a hasty exit. Characteristic of a beloved Tafuri tale, this title accomplishes much with simplicity. Repetitive words—"rumble" and "grumble"—add tension to the plot. Dramatic poses picture the animals' wariness of the storm ahead. They are drawn huddled together for the night as a cozy bunch. An autumn-colored palette with orange-and-yellow leaves swirling across a spread is rendered in watercolor and watercolor pencils. A large black font shows each numeral up to 10. This book could be used for remembering sequences and lessons in "What happened next?"—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
When a storm starts to brew, the forest animals all take cover in a cave. Bird flies in first as the clouds get darker. Second is Mouse, who scampers in with the wind. Swirling leaves make Squirrel head for cover, while Rabbit leaps at the lightning. Finally the rain starts and sends Chipmunk to safety. Thunder is the final straw for Woodchuck, Raccoon, Opossum, Red Fox and Skunk, who make ten. The animals huddle all night through the storm. The morning dawns bright and clear, but why do they still hear a rumble and grumble? The slow counting build-up is nicely succeeded by a quick countdown as the animals all head back to the forest. Rendered in watercolor inks and pencils, Tafuri's illustrations have a charming quality-future artists can see the pencil marks and aspire to create illustrations of their own. Careful observers will notice the tracks leading into the cave (even before the first animal enters) and can test their knowledge by matching them to the correct animal. Just in time for summer thundershowers. (Picture book. 3-5)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
The sky starts to turn gray and dark black clouds begin to gather. The winds begin to blow and fall leaves begin to swirl. The lightning starts and then the rain and finally the rumble and grumble of thunder. A storm is coming and the animals run for cover. Bird is the first to take cover in a hill hollow. Mouse and squirrel quickly follow, joined by rabbit, chipmunk, woodchuck, raccoon, opossum, and red fox. Huddled together tight and snug, skunk squeezes his way in as the tenth animal seeking shelter. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. Finally, the storm stops but not the rumbling and grumbling sounds. Wondering what is happening, the animals turn around and find quite a surprise. Already in the hollow were two bears, a mother bear and her cub. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 off they run so as not to awaken the bears. Look closely and find the clues showing the hollow was already occupied but missed by the animals in their haste to hide. A delightful counting book with familiar animals, repetitive words, phrasing, and beginning numeracy awareness. All numerals are bolded and in large font. Fourteen double-page spreads with illustrations rendered in watercolor inks and pencils set the storm scene very effectively. A good read-aloud for toddlers and beginning readers, the story promotes important skills of print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, numeracy awareness, phonological awareness and vocabulary. Now available in board book format, this title was chosen for the state of Connecticut One Book, Every Young Child Program. The author, a Caldecott Honor Artist, is widely known for writing Have You Seen My Duckling?. A delightful addition to personal or school libraries. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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