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Kids Can Press: Spring 2016

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    Lexile measure: AD470L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: CA US Not for sale in: ROW
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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group Availability: In stock On Sale Date:Apr 05, 2016 Carton Quantity:36 $18.95 CAD
    $16.95 USD
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Storm, The
By (author): Akiko Miyakoshi Illustrated by: Akiko Miyakoshi
9781771385596 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Apr 01, 2016
$18.95 CAD
Forthcoming 8.13 x 9.75 x 0.44 in | 0 lb 32 pages Kids Can Press
As this evocative picture book begins, a little boy is excited about a trip to the beach with his parents planned for the following day. But a bad storm is coming, and he has started to worry they won't be able to go. He watches as the sky grows darker through the afternoon. His mother and father close the shutters and bring the potted plants indoors. Then the storm arrives. “All through dinner, the rain beats hard against the shutters. The wind howls and blows,” the boy says. “I try not to be scared.” At bedtime, he thinks, “I wish I had a ship with big propellers that would spin stronger winds to drive the storm away.” While asleep, his wish becomes his dream, and he manages to blow away the dark clouds with his imaginary vessel. Then, to his delight, when he awakens, he finds his dream of clear blue skies has come true. Author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi uses spare text and black-and-white drawings to echo the tension and uncertainty a child feels when encountering severe weather. The boy knows he is safe, yet danger is near. When he faces his fear in his dream, he becomes empowered by having conquered it. This is a perfect book for a quiet storytime on a rainy day. It would also work for launching conversations about fears, particularly those that are nature related, or as the impetus for children's own imaginary stories of how they could be courageous and save the day.

Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.

Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.

An excellent addition to most collections.
School Library Journal

Atmospheric and engaging; this Japanese import is a perfect rainy-day read.
Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

It's perfect storytime reading for a dark and stormy night ...
The Globe and Mail

The first-person narration is direct and spare, with all the emotion in the art, and figures are effectively shadowy and never fully realized.
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