The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

by LeVar Burton, Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Courtenay Fletcher
     
 

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When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the

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When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa’s gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care.

In his first children’s book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The “Take a Deeper Look” page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
01/01/2015
K-Gr 2—This book-within-a-book offers a comforting message for children coping with natural disasters. Mica, a young mouse who is afraid of storms because the previous year a hurricane destroyed her home, listens to a story told by her loving father about a little rhinoceros whose home was also destroyed by a deadly storm. The tale emphasizes the strength that comes from comforting support from loved ones. Rhino has lots of friends, and each animal offers a rather lengthy message in rhyme and varying fonts. Some words may require explanation for younger readers unfamiliar with the concepts of chaos or calamity. The art is stronger than the text: colorful cartoons emphasize the contrast from the digital art of Mica's home and the brighter pen, ink, and paint pages of the rhinoceros tale. Readers may also spot the edged pages of the inner "book" and note changes in art and text for the final message shared with Mica: "You're never really alone when bad things happen." A general purchase for most libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780990539506
Publisher:
RRKidz, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
151,431
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


LeVar Burton is an actor, director, and educator who has been an icon for more than 35 years. He was the host and producer of the influential television program Reading Rainbow for more than three decades, and starred in the TV miniseries Roots and on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He lives in Burbank, California. Susan Schaefer Bernardo is a published poet and the author of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs. Courtenay Fletcher is a designer and the illustrator of Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs. She lives in Los Angeles.

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