Title: When the Wind Blew
Author: Alison Jackson
Illustrator: Doris Barrette
Age Group: Children’s
Length: 32 Pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co./Macmillan
Publication Date: March 18th 2014
Available Formats: Hardcover
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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 nursery characters. 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.
Gorgeous illustrations accompany this charming tale of the woman in the shoe and what happens on a particularly gusty day. I loved how one nursery rhyme ran into the next as errant items lost in the wind are paired with their owners and the woman and her family trek from locale to locale gathering up the lost items and attempting to return them. I thought this a great (and fun) lesson about helping others and returning things that do not belong to you.
I was a little perplexed at the end where it appeared that they never actually had the chance to return anything…and all was simply set right again by the wind? I don’t know…maybe I missed something…but I just felt that we didn’t get that moral at the end to which we were being led.
Overall though…you and your little ones won’t regret the time spent with this lovely book.
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