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The Storm Book

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It is a day in the country,
and everthing is hot and still.
Then the hazy sky begins to shift.
Something is astir, something soundless.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 15th 1989 by HarperCollins (first published 1952)
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Lobstergirl
Nice, poetic text and Margaret Bloy Graham's awesome panoramic watercolors:



A hot, listless summer day gives way to storms, as experienced by a little boy in the country, a man in the city, and old fisherman at the seashore, and a shepherd and his wife in the mountains.
Cheryl in CC NV
No science. I, personally, did not care for the illustrations. I find it hard to imagine a little farm boy would run across the fields to ask his mom what the silver streak (of lightning) was - I grew up rural and believe me, when a storm is coming, we're sticking close to the storm shelter. I also find it hard to believe a young shepherd with a new baby could have such a nice home.

I do agree that the text is lovely. And I like the way the storm is portrayed across different contexts by differen...more
Snorkle
What I loved most about this book was the author's imagery. She could paint a picture with words, and have it still be understandable to children. The way she described the scenery around the farm and the way the rain pummeled down from the sky was lovely. I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it.

*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...
Makenzie
In the fiction, picture book The Storm Book Zolotow gives us a day in the country when everything is hot and still and suddenly a storm hits. Using onomatopoeia and other figurative language, she shows us that every storm runs out of rain and good things can happen from crazy weather. A small boy is looking the landscape over on a hot summer's day when the first indications of a storm appear. He runs home and in his mother's understanding company experiences his first thunder storm. There are fl...more
Monica
Would have been more enjoyable for the young ones if the pictures were on the same pages as the reading. Throughout the entire book, they have to wait for two pages of reading before turning for the accompanying picture.
Shannon Kitchen
Lyrical text mixed with beautiful illustrations. Just a nice story.
Patricia
What a surprise and treasure. I picked up this book at a library discarded book sale. It had "storm" in the title and we are looking for supplemental books for our 6th grade IDU on weather. The surprise...it is a Caldecott Honor book, so I can read for this class as well as to my class. This in one that has so much in it beyond what you might at first notice. The narrative text kept sixth graders' attention when I was reading aloud. The diagrams of tornados, hail forming, and fronts moving were...more
Heather
An inquisitive little boy experiences a fierce storm in this evocatively descriptive picture book. The pages alternate between text and 2-page spreads of full color illustrations. As the story opens, Zolotow's eloquent narrative depicts the intense heat and stillness of a summer day just prior to a storm, with heat "quivering up like a mist from the earth," limp, dusty flowers, and animals seeking relief from the rising temperatures. "Even the birds seem too hot to sing," which gives an unusual...more
Lorna
1953 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The opening of the book before the storm even starts when the boy is stretched out in the field.

Favorite line: "Shooting through the sky like a streak of starlight comes a flash so beautiful, so fast, that the boy barely has time to see the flowers straining into the storm wind."

Kid-appeal: I think kids will either be in the "like it" or "don't like it" camp. The illustrations are rendered on to two pages with no text. All the text that describes that i...more
Erica
Love the words separated from the pictures. It makes the pictures much more enjoyable. The kids really enjoyed it.
Tnb
boring, very boring. the pictures were not even that great so i am bewildered at the awards for this book
Elizabeth Theobald
My kid really enjoyed me reading this book to him
Paul
What a surprising treasure with such an unsuspecting title. While the text looks like narrative, it reads like poetry, and is so descriptive that it is worth reading without the illustrations. The paintings (watercolors?) are striking too and a great match for the text. The text and paintings alternate two-page spreads and this has irritated me in other books, but for this one the reading only built anticipation for the coming illustration, not unlike the anticipation building for the coming sto...more
Samantha
A chronicle of a storm and all its components, and what it looks like over land and water. This almost reads like 2 different books. The text apears in 2 page spreads and is followed by a 2 page spread of illustrations. It challenges the reader to imagine the scene before the illustrator's vision is given to them on the folowing 2 pages. The wordless pictures could stand alone and tell a wordless tale of the evolution of a rainstorm. Text is decriptive and poetic. Must read/see.
Lafcadio
I found the format of this book to be distracting, and I couldn't picture myself reading this to a child. The imagery described by the text is vivid, and the illustrations make excellent use of watercolor to depict tormented skies, but you can never look at the pictures and read the text at the same time.

In order to read this picture book to a child, one would need two copies of the book...
Brooke
My kids were mesmerized by this story. I didn't think the long pages filled with text only would hold my littlest ones but they didn't move a muscle and listened through it all. Every other page has a full page picture layout and then the next page is text only. They all agreed that it was a very cozy book.
Bree
Notes:
description of a storm moving in and out of the farm area
lots of text on 2 pgs alternated with illustration on 2 pgs
kids use imagination while listening, then study pictures
longer book, good for age 6+
Heather
We love this book. The story and illustrations take me back to childhood. The kids beg me to read this everytime they're sick. It's one of their all time favorites.
Brindi
1953 Caldecott Honor

The illustrations were so lovely I wanted more. I like how quite/loud are contrasted together in every scene and section of text.
Bethany
this was given to me by my preschool teacher, who I loved. great mood and illustrations.
Andd Becker
This Caldecott Honor book illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham is lovely.
Eireanne
On the suggested summer reading list for students.
Mckinley
Feel the storm rising...
Caldecott honor
Abby Clark
Great for teaching sequencing and weather.
John
Caldecott Honor Book, 1953
Stacy
Enjoyed the illustrations.
Shelly
Loved the illustrations.
Q_Barb
caldecott honor
Odessa
Odessa marked it as to-read
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Charlotte Zolotow (born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of many books for children.
She was published by more than 20 different houses (many of which she has outlasted). She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, which was called Harper & Brothers when she began to work there and is now known as HarperCollins.
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