The Way the Storm Stops

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A gentle story that turns a booming thunderstorm into a soothing lullaby

"Pitter, pitter

Plam, plam

On my windowpane-

Hiss, hiss

Tatter, tatter

Falls the pounding rain"

Thunderstorms make the most exciting sounds, though they can ...

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Overview

A gentle story that turns a booming thunderstorm into a soothing lullaby

"Pitter, pitter

Plam, plam

On my windowpane-

Hiss, hiss

Tatter, tatter

Falls the pounding rain"

Thunderstorms make the most exciting sounds, though they can sometimes be a little scary, especially for small children. Mommies also make wonderful sounds, but they are warm and safe and the best comfort of all at the end of a blustery day.

This lyrical, rhythmic bedtime story takes the fear out of the unexpected and provides a reassuring antidote for children. A wonderful read-aloud that preschoolers will enjoy.

A mother soothes her child to sleep during a thunderstorm.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] gentle and comforting book to share with anyone afraid of thunderstorms." —Kirkus Reviews

"Filled with bright images and rousing sound effects, this book will work well shared one-on-one or in toddler storytimes." —School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Rain is sure to grace a few March days. Maryland author Michelle Meadows brings alive the drama of a shower in The Way the Storm Stops. This debut picture book abounds with the alliteration, onomatopoeia and repetition so delightful to toddlers and preschoolers. Little ones will also connect with the emotions of the first-person narrator as she fearfully watches the pounding rain and lightning from her window and shivers at the thunder. But Mommy is there to comfort her with a cuddle in the rocking chair. Rosanne Litzinger's watercolor-and-gouache paintings are perfect for the text. The illustrator uses form and color to wonderful effect, with a tension inherent between the brooding form of the dark clouds over the roof and the monumental figure of the soothing, orange-shirted mother. 2003, Henry Holt, Ages 2 to 5.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-A short text and brightly colored artwork tell of a mother comforting her child during a thunderstorm. The rhythmic verses follow a three-line pattern: "Pitter, pitter/Plam, plam/On my windowpane." As the storm builds to a climax, the text mimics the sights and sounds of the lightning and thunder: "Razz, razz/Flash, flash/Sparks the dazzling light." Just in time, the mother comes to calm her fearful daughter. As the tempest subsides, the child settles into bed with a "Flutter, flutter/Hush, hush/Sleeping, sleeping warm." The illustrations are done with watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil, and use basic shapes to create a childlike quality. Litzinger captures the fear in the girl's big round eyes and "OH!" mouth. Circular shapes are repeated in faces, the rug, a cat, and other objects in the child's room, providing a feeling of comfort while the vivid colors keep the mood light. Stamped raindrops splash throughout the pages and endpapers. Filled with bright images and rousing sound effects, this book will work well shared one-on-one or in toddler storytimes.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this simple rhymed tale, a young girl's mother comforts her until the storm subsides. As she plays with her toys, the rain taps at her windowpane-"Hiss, hiss / Tatter, tatter / Falls the pounding rain." Thunder and lightning-"Razz, razz / Flash, flash / Sparks the dazzling light"-finally send her to cower under her covers with her cat. Mom comes to the rescue, bundles her up, and rocks her in her chair. As the storm abates, the girl is fast asleep in bed, the cat curled at her feet. The rhyming verse and onomatopoeia make this a fun read-aloud. Patterns abound in Litzinger's colorful illustrations, from the rugs and clothing, to the comforter, pillow, and the huge raindrops themselves. But the rendering of the little girl is a little disappointing. Her eyes are non-expressive, and she's posed rather stiffly. Still, a gentle and comforting book to share with anyone afraid of thunderstorms. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805065954
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/10/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.28 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Meadows was inspired to write this book after scooping up her young son, Chase, and rocking him back to sleep during a raucous thunderstorm. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her family. This is her first book for children.

Rosanne Litzinger vividly recalls her first storm, the "big, booming, zippy, flashing kind" that came and went in about fifteen minutes. The illustrator of Louella Mae, She's Run Away!, among other books for young readers, Ms. Litzinger lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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