The Wind That Wanted to Rest

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An old and tired winter wind is searching for a place to rest. But wherever he goes, the wind is turned away, until his pain fuels a raging storm. Then he meets a good-hearted child who offers him a place to stay, and in gratitude the old wind leaves the child a lasting legacy. From Sheldon Oberman, author of the award-winning The Always Prayer Shawl, comes a timeless tale about the good that flows from kindness and understanding. Neil Waldman's stunnign art evokes the world of old Russia, where the story ...

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Overview

An old and tired winter wind is searching for a place to rest. But wherever he goes, the wind is turned away, until his pain fuels a raging storm. Then he meets a good-hearted child who offers him a place to stay, and in gratitude the old wind leaves the child a lasting legacy. From Sheldon Oberman, author of the award-winning The Always Prayer Shawl, comes a timeless tale about the good that flows from kindness and understanding. Neil Waldman's stunnign art evokes the world of old Russia, where the story originated.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
In fiction, the wind can be a power for good or evil, but in this story the wind is just old, and wants a place to rest. But where? The trees, the mountain, and the village inn will not let him stay: they don't want his cold wind blowing, or his draft seeping through the walls. The wind, at first hurt by the rejection, becomes angry and brings a huge snowstorm to the land. Resolution is achieved when a young girl takes pity on the wind, and invites him to stay underneath her house where she can care for him. In return for her kindness, he brings snow to the cellar, which keeps her family cool during the hot summers. This story, whose folktale source is ambiguous, is a vehicle for the themes of kindness and tolerance toward others, even those who may be unlike us, and who possess characteristics we may consider disagreeable. The book consists, in general, of one paragraph of text on one page and an illustration on the facing page. The text is simple and plain, befitting a folktale. The illustrations are striking, and done, for the most part, in shades of blue. There is an "Afterword," in which an explanation and justification for the story is attempted, but it is unnecessary. The story itself, with its message of hope and kindness, is in itself enough to charm youngsters. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Kirkus Reviews
Wind, old and tired, searches for a resting place. Worn out from all his years of scurrying about, Wind searches through forests, mountains and villages for a place to lay down his weary self. Nothing and no one wants him because of the cold and danger that he brings. Wind is driven to anger and to storm by these rejections until a young girl offers the "dark, dry, quiet place underneath our house." Her kindness sustains him until springtime, when he leaves. But not before he bestows a lasting gift on the girl and her family--a cool space to find respite from hot summers. Oberman, a noted Canadian teacher, author and storyteller wrote this story in the style of a folktale and called it a "Jewish tale from Soviet Russia." However, in her afterword, gifted storyteller Peninnah Schram writes that despite careful research, she could find no references in any scholarly resources, although stories about the wind exist in folklore from many lands. This one stands as a quiet lesson in doing good deeds and being a good neighbor. Waldman's soft watercolor illustrations are almost entirely in shades of blue and evoke a vaguely eastern European landscape with mythical overtones. A quiet story with lessons to teach about benevolence. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788585
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheldon Oberman wrote two Sydney Taylor Honor Award-winning books--The Wisdom Bird and The Always Prayer Shawl, which also won a National Jewish Book Award. He taught at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, Winnipeg, Manitoba, where the Sheldon Oberman Writing Award has been established in his honor. Oberman died in 2004.

Neil Waldman has written and illustrated more than fifty books. He is the recipient of the Christopher Award and the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in White Plains, New York.

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