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3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  547 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Where did all these pieces of paper come from? Who do they belong to?

The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail and the frog… Using the same small scraps of paper over and over again to create a new animal on each page, Édouard Manceau has created a timeless cumulative tale that will delight and enchant children as th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Owlkids Books (first published 2011)
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May 28, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Scraps of paper blow across the page, first one then several appear. But what are they and whose are they? First the chicken insists they are his since he found them. Then the fish says that he cut them from the paper. Then the bird, the snail and the frog explain that they are theirs as well. Each animal fits them to their body to demonstrate why they belong to them. Then the wind itself speaks about blowing the pieces around and offers them to the reader, “What will you do?”

Superbly simple an
Apr 12, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their younger children
Shelves: childrens, 2013
This is an entertaining book that shows just a few of the myriad ways that different colored shapes can be combined to make different pictures and characters. The narrative is very short and simple and the illustrations focus on the different creations. I like that the book encourages children to create their own pictures, although it would be novel to include cardboard cutouts of those shapes in a pocket at the end of the book. Overall, it would be a good book to read with preschool-age ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preschool, animals, art
Aaah it makes me happy to start reading books for preschool story time again :) This one is exciting to me, 'cause it'll prompt lots of good interaction and discussion. It'll be fun to have the kids guess what animals and shapes the scraps of paper can turn in to! It also might make a FABULOUS felt story -- just cut out the shapes from the book and even let the kids try putting them together in different ways. Fantastic for a big group, great for a small one, A++.
Great book for multiple extension activities:

1. Read the book with a flannel board
2. Use flannel board and tell the story without even using the book
3. Read the book and then have shapes available for the child to tell the story with you
4. Read the story and have the shapes available for an art extension activity after (create your own picture using the shapes)

Some of the activities skew older, but the flannel board could be used with 3+
Oct 17, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
This book is like a cross between Duck! Rabbit! and Quick! Turn the Page! because it breaks that fourth wall and talks directly to the reader when explaining what's on the page. When describing what the pieces of paper are, they can be made into many different animals, which is why it reminds me of Duck! Rabbit!
Jennifer Hess
Apr 09, 2013 Jennifer Hess rated it it was amazing
Love this book!
"A book that at first glance might seem minimalist to the point of vacuity bears closer scrutiny when one appreciates the function the paper shapes can have in allowing a child to identify them in different orientations and even to practice counting." ~Kirkus
Apr 06, 2013 Aleece rated it it was amazing
This is a simple yet very cute and creative book. It takes different scraps of paper and turns them into different animals. This book shows how a little creativity can go a long way and how if you use your imagination anything is possible.
Apr 16, 2015 Allison rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Joella Peterson
This is begging to be used in a storytime!! I can't wait:)
Apr 19, 2013 Kimberly rated it liked it
Simple and cute.
Oct 02, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
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Katie Fitzgerald
The pictures in Windblown are very minimalist, as they are meant to engage the child reader’s imagination. Aside from the individual shapes, of which there are seven, the illustrator only adds a few black lines to each page in order to suggest the background and character speaking on that page. The illustrations are mostly just brainstorming suggestions, as the end of the book hands the pieces over to the reader and asks the child to make his or her own pictures.

This book lends itself nicely to
Katie Seckinger
Sep 21, 2013 Katie Seckinger rated it liked it
This was a very unique picture book and nothing like I have ever seen before. As the reader turns the pages, more and more scraps of paper appear. Eventually the tiny scraps of paper arrange themselves into different types of animals like a chicken, fish, bird, snail and frog. The strong wind blows and the tiny scraps are scattered about the blank page again. This book definitely requires imagination and attention to the changing illustrations. The simplicity of the illustrations allow the ...more
Christine Turner
Where did all these pieces of paper come from? Who do they belong to? The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail, and the frog... Using the same small scraps of paper over and over again to create a new animal on each page, Édouard Manceau has created a timeless cumulative tale that will delight and enchant children as they try to figure out just who the pieces of paper do belong to...

Édouard Manceau was born in Vendée, France, and be
Jan 17, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-2nd, preschool, art
Age: Preschool-1st grade

Now I understand why the blogosphere is exploding with storytimes/lesson plans surrounding this book. It's just asking to extend a listener's creativity! No, seriously, it asks you at the end what you can do with the scraps of paper. Also, this would be such an easy flannel to make.

The story itself is a reverse cumulative tale, explaining where these scraps of paper came from. It starts with the last animal to interact with them leading to the first thing to touch them:
This is my favorite kind of book for storytime because it has a built in activity to do right after the story!
The story: Some pieces of paper are blowing about and a bunch of animals are trying to claim them, "They're mine!" I know it doesn't sound very interesting, but paired with Manceau's simple shapes and black & white ink drawings, this simple story allows for the creativity and imagination of the reader to come through.
How is this a pop-out story? After you read the book, you can give
Apr 29, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Scraps of paper fly around the pages and rearrange themslves into different animals. The open ending encourages readers to create their own pictures using the collection of pieces.

This book brought to mind Michael Hall's wonderful picture books "My Heart is Like a Zoo" and "Perfect Square." I love the way the open ending lends itself so well to an extension activity. The cumulative text makes for a good read aloud and the plethora of white space on the pages gets the creative juices flowing long
Apr 13, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
When first one, then several scraps of paper fly across the white space of this book, several animals lay claim to the scraps. This allows the papers to be combined in various ways to form a chicken, a fish, a bird, a snail, and a frog. But it turns out that the scraps belong to the wind who is sending them to the reader so that he/she can come up with unique combinations, and by adding just a little bit of drawing fashion his/her own characters and stories. These simply forms are easy to see ...more
Jun 16, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing
This book has basically written the lesson plan for you! I would use the book as a read aloud with a kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade class then have them make their own book using the 5 or 6 scraps of paper (probably different than those in the book simply to challenge their creativity) and have the students do 6 different pictures where they glue the scrap pieces down to a sheet of construction paper. There are a thousand variations on this idea. Cute book.
Dec 19, 2013 Shamekia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Colorful and oddly shaped scraps of paper blow in the wind. One by one, they take shape, transforming into animals–each one with its own story to tell. But the wind has the final say when it blows them all away. This is a fun and interactive story that would also work great as a flannel board.

I recommend this for one-to-one (or two) bedtime reading and for read aloud in the library or classroom for preschool age children.
Aug 11, 2014 RC rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Windblown tells the story of various animals who think the random pieces of paper our theirs. But are they? Are they yours? Find out in this delightful picture book with incredibly simple illustrations and text.

This would be a great activity for a young child to make similar illustrations with pieces of paper.
Jul 16, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
Manceau plays around with a set of colored shapes, using them to create an array of images. Included in the back are patterns or instructions or something for making your own, but I can't remember because I read and returned it to the library before going on vacation. Sorry.
Should be a hit with anyone who enjoys spotting "things" in the clouds.

Library copy
Jul 01, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This lovely little cumulative story about windblown shapes would make a great jumping off place for a unit on shapes in pre-school. French author/artist Edouard Manceau creates delightfully simple collages out of paper shapes and black ink which can inspire even the most reluctant little artist. This is a whimsical and sweet story for ages 3-7.
Aug 11, 2014 Joanna rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A creative play with seven scraps of paper. The pieces are blown by the wind (hence the title) and different creatures each try to claim them, with the pieces being used in their designs. Rather simplistic in it's art, this book would be great for encouraging imagination and pretend play. Programs could include some version of tangrams or similar puzzles to mimic the style of the book.
7 pieces of paper are blown about making different shape animals

Great for STEAM Preschool Story Class about air.

Easily connected with an art activity - provide the kids with the shape cut outs from the story, they glue them into the paper to create a picture and add marker drawings to add detail to the picture
Sep 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Scraps of paper blown by the wind form a chicken, fish, bird, snail, and frog. The reader is left with the challenge of creating something new. Bright with vivid color on white pages, this is a book that can be used with students from preschool through elementary school. Be prepared to provide scraps of paper for students inspired to create their own creature.
Josie B.
Oct 10, 2014 Josie B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-age, art-stats
I will be trying this as an art starter this summer with K-2nd graders. As the wind blows colorful scraps of paper around they transform into different animals. The book finishes with the pieces blown to you...what can you make from them? This just begs to be followed by collage making with line drawing similar to the book illustrations.
Oct 25, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Julie
In this deceptively simple cumulative story, the same shapes rearrange themselves into different animals. If you're brave, you can do this as a combination magnet/draw-and-tell story. Today the kids were confused by the blank page narrated by the wind. "There's no picture!"
Marissa García
Jun 12, 2013 Marissa García rated it really liked it
This is another wonderful, playful picture book out of France. Scraps of paper form different animals, and their power to change meaning is celebrated. Simple, imaginative, and well-suited for story time.
Nov 13, 2014 Mckenzie rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun to read! And I think children would love it. It would be so fun to have the students cut out their own shapes and create fun animals. Great extension activities could come from this book.
Anastasia Tuckness
Super creative, translated from French, this book consists of seven simple shapes that are rearranged to form a variety of animals, each of whom makes a claim to the paper from which they are made. Readers can download the shapes to make their own animals!
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