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When the Wind Blew

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We all know the story of the old woman who lived in a shoe with her many children. But not everyone knows about the day when the wind blew very hard, and an unexpected guest arrived (cradle and all), setting off a chain of events that involves the three little kittens, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, and many other beloved characters from nursery rhymes. Can the old woman restore order to their world and still manage to get her children to bed on time? But, of ...

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Overview

We all know the story of the old woman who lived in a shoe with her many children. But not everyone knows about the day when the wind blew very hard, and an unexpected guest arrived (cradle and all), setting off a chain of events that involves the three little kittens, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, and many other beloved characters from nursery rhymes. Can the old woman restore order to their world and still manage to get her children to bed on time? But, of course!

 

This is a follow-up to Alison Jackson's strong-selling If the Shoe Fits, told with the same whimsy and charm.

 

A Christy Ottaviano Book

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/13/2014
Extreme weather isn’t limited to the real world—it hits the country of nursery rhymes, too, as a gale breaks a famous bough and deposits a rock-a-bye baby on an equally famous shoe. “The woman and children who lived in the shoe/ Were nestled inside, but they knew what to do.” They set off to return the baby, discovering missing mittens (and some guilty kittens), a pail, a misplaced sheep that belongs to a girl named Mary... and that’s just the beginning. Barrette (Never Ask a Bear) sets the story in a fairytale European village with tiled roofs, a castle, and rolling hills; she captures the storm’s force with swirling skirts, waving branches, and flying coins. As in 2001’s If the Shoe Fits, Jackson puts nursery world elements together like a crossword puzzle, assembling smart rhymes (“The coins had been swept from the king’s counting room,/ And the woman surmised he’d be missing them soon”) and clever scenarios, although a moral about acquisitiveness (“From kitten to king, they examined the cost/ Of constantly grasping at things that are lost”) has a tacked-on feeling. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
From the Publisher
"This companion to If the Shoe Fits (Holt, 2001) provides pleasant reunion with old favorites." — School Library Journal

"Jackson puts nursery world elements together like a crossword puzzle, assembling smart rhymes  and clever scenarios..."—Publishers Weekly

 

If the Shoe Fits:

“Jackson's deft touch for humor carries the audience's interest through the story.”—School Library Journal

“An exciting world through which the miniature family journeys at a brisk pace perfect for energetic toddlers and preschoolers.”—Booklist

“Young ones who have mastered their nursery rhymes will get a hoot out of Jackson's gentle humor.”—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Eggs Over Evie:

“An appealing book with an authentic voice, particularly when discussing the upheaval and discomfort caused by divorce, as well as the effort and good will required to smooth the transition.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Evie tells her story with a pinch of humor and a dash of vulnerability, sifting together the people in her life and blending them into a surprising new family . . . Sweet and savory.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Relationships are at the heart of this appealing, illustrated chapter book.”—Booklist

“Evie’s narration is emotionally perceptive without being sappy, and the emphasis on roles and relationships yields solid character development that serves to move the story forward. Each chapter is followed by a recipe, and the cooking frame adds organization and appeal to the story.”—BCCB, recommended

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
It was a quiet day in the land of nursery rhymes until the wind blew. It blew the Rock-a-bye Baby right out of his treetop cradle and he landed at the house of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. She was intent on returning the baby but first she had to find out who owned all the mittens caught in her tree. As soon as she found three weeping kittens she encountered a wooden water bucket tumbling down the hill. So it goes as the distraught woman seeks to return the baby. Mary’s lamb, Bo Peep’s sheep, Little Boy Blue’s horn, and even the coins from the king’s counting house impede her journey. One by one the wind-blown items are returned, the baby is placed snuggly in its cradle and the old woman settles down with her many children, confident at last that she has restored a level of order from all the chaos. The wind at last is calm. Cause and effect is wrapped up seamlessly in this whimsical tale. The pastoral landscape coexists with the angular buildings in the town with the turrets of the castle in the background. Swaying grasses, windblown scarves, topsy-turvy children and unexpected items carried in the breeze give evidence to the powerful wind. Children will delight in predicting which nursery rhymes character belongs to each of the wind tossed articles. The rhyming text moves along as briskly as the wind and the double-spread illustrations have energy and a wholesomeness that is hard to beat. This is a winner for both one-on-one sharing as well as an inviting read for a pre-school story time. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey; Ages 2 to 5.
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Rollicking watercolor portraits of round characters chronicle nursery rhyme mishaps caused by an extended gust. The old woman of the shoe (a pink Victorian boot) and her many children restore treasures like rock-a-bye baby, Mary's lamb, and Jack's candlestick to their rightful places. The rhymed text reminds readers of each origin story and uses rich vocabulary such as "lament," "instrument," and "seize." This companion to If the Shoe Fits (Holt, 2001) provides pleasant reunion with old favorites.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
A follow-up to If the Shoe Fits (illustrated by Karla Firehammer, 2001) finds the old woman—not so old but cheery and buxom—and her many children solving a few dilemmas for other nursery rhyme denizens. The footwear that is their home is quite a fancy shoe, with a lamp affixed to the end of its curled tip. The opening spread sets up the entire story with its panoramic view of shoe, tree with "cradle and all," fields, town, castle and hill with well atop. The wind rocks the cradle so wildly that the wee tot is tumbled out onto the shoe, to be gently caught by the children, who try right away to put baby and cradle back. The tree from which it fell is now festooned with mittens, and the children soon find the desolate, mittenless kittens. As they go along, they find Mary's lamb, Bo Peep's crook, Jack's candlestick, and Jack and Jill's pail (among other items) and eventually restore them to their rightful places. It is all told in verse rhymed with grace—verve, even—and illustrated with soft, ballooning figures. The many children of the shoe have round heads and button features, and each is clad in the garb of various and sundry nations and ethnicities. Perspectives swoop and change with the rhythm. There is a moral about "examin[ing] the cost / Of constantly grasping for things that are lost," but it doesn't much get in the way. Children who know the nursery rhymes will enjoy seeing them in a new context, and children who do not can enjoy the rollicking action anyway. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805086881
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 935,866
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Jackson was inspired to write this companion to If the Shoe Fits after a strong gust of wind mysteriously deposited a blanket in her backyard. Ms. Jackson is the award-winning author of many picture books and novels including I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie and Eggs Over Evie. She lives in Salinas, California.

 

Doris Barrette has illustrated thirty-five books, including Thanks for Thanksgiving. Like the old woman in When the Wind Blew, Doris loves taking care of children and has a deep sense of well-being when she is with people she loves. She lives in a small village in Québec, Canada, where she enjoys being close to nature and her big family.

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