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Dark Cloud Strong Breeze

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  8 ratings  ·  3 reviews
It is about to rain and a little girl's father has locked his keys in the car. Off goes the little girl to a locksmith, but to help he'll need someone to guard his shop. In brisk succession, a dog, a grocer, a cat, and a butterfly are all drawn into the problem of the keys--and into outracing the rain. Full color.
Hardcover, 29 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Orchard Books (NY)
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There's a certain appealing something about this book that I can't deny, and for that reason I would be inclined to at least consider giving one and a half stars to Dark Cloud Strong Breeze. I think it's mostly the magic touch of Newbery Medalist Susan Patron that makes the story what it is, though illustrator Peter Catalanotto certainly had a hand in it, as well. His atmospheric drawings allow us to feel almost as if we were there ourselves beside the young girl as she determinedly works to ge ...more
Alice's choice at the library. She loved the pictures of the dancing butterfly and the escape mouse and the rainy day :)
As the wind kicks up and a storm is brewing, a little girl and her dad realize that the keys are locked inside in their car. The little girl sees the solution to the problem, but a series of seemingly unrelated events have to occur in order for the plan to work.

Dark Cloud Strong Breeze is a story set in rhyme...with black and white pictures easing into full color. The unrelated events make sense by the end of the book and the resourcefulness of the girl is evident.

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Susan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the ...more
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