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Flora's Very Windy Day

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  958 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
When Flora and her pesky little brother, Crispin, are whisked away by a swirling and swooping wind, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to give her brother away. With tempting offers from a dragonfly, the man in the moon, and even the wind itself, she will find it difficult to choose. But Flora would do anything to get rid of Crispin, wouldn’t she?

Jeanne Bir
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 23rd 2010 by Clarion Books
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Feb 11, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Every once in awhile, a picture book comes along that I find "practically perfect in every way." Flora's Very Windy Day is one of them!

Flora is tired of her little brother messing up her artwork, but when she whines to Mom, Mom gives the typical older sibling speech about being nice and understanding of one who is littler and to stop complaining! And, oh, why don't Flora and Crispin go outside to play? Flora is frustrated at having to look after Crispin *again* and, besides, it is a very windy d
Feb 16, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it
I always love good older-sibling-younger-sibling stories, and this was no exception!
Here Flora is stuck watching her little brother, and regretting it, too.
But when trouble strikes, and Flora and her brother are caught up in the wind, perhaps Flora's brother means more to her than she realized.

I almost felt like there were one too many things going on in this book, and I would have like a little more concrete ending, but overall I loved the style and feel and creativity here, both in the story a
Lisa Vegan
Feb 16, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: siblings, especially older siblings; all who appreciate picture books with a good story & pictures
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Pure joy! So much fun!

This whimsical story is so terrific and so relatable. It’s very funny too, and many kids will react with glee. Flora thinks she wants to get rid of her little brother Crispin. But, when they go out together and many chances to lose him arise, she discovers her true feelings. Older siblings, in particular, are likely to enjoy this story. All kids will like the repetition; two lines frequently repeat: “He’s my brother and I’m taking him home.” and “If the wind lets you.”

Oct 14, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
I usually don't like "sweet" or "cute" books very much, because "sweet" and "cute" is often so bland and trite and uninteresting. But in this book, there's so much expression and movement in every line of every image, and Flora's exasperation of Crispin is balanced genuinely with her care of and care for him, that the round faces and soft outlines made me smile instead of roll my eyes.
Oct 05, 2010 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
When Flora & her pesky little brother, Crispin, are whisked away by a swirling & swooping wind, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to give her brother away. With tempting offers from a dragonfly, the man in the moon, & even the wind itself, she will find it difficult to choose. But Flora would do anything to get rid of Crispin, wouldn’t she? Jeanne Birdsall’s charming picture book debut takes flight in Matt Phelan’s twisting, twirling watercolors, brimming with wit &a ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Flora has had enough of her little brother Crispin messing up her stuff. But now her mother has asked her to take Crispin outside even though the wind is very strong. Flora will be fine because of her “super-special heavy-duty red boots” but Crispin just might blow away. If he does, it wouldn’t be Flora’s fault. Outside Flora laughs at the wind and knows it won’t be able to lift her, but she does tell the wind that her brother is wearing regular boots. Soon the wind blows harder still and Crispi ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
What older sister (or brother) hasn't wished that little brother (or sister) would just disappear for a bit? That's what happens when Flora and her little brother go outside one afternoon. Swept up on a VERY windy day, little brother blows away, and Flora feels obliged to keep up with him and get him home safely. Along the way she gets various offers to keep him up there: as a raindrop squeezer or a bird's egg protector, but she finds herself more and more determined to get him home safely.

Alayna Pope
Feb 22, 2016 Alayna Pope rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I really enjoyed this cute book! Honestly, it was kind of strange at first, but once I got the idea of the story, I enjoyed it! It talks about a little girl named Flora and her little brother, Crispin. After Flora gets angry with Crispin for spilling her paints, she gets in trouble with her mother. Both Flora and Crispin go outside on a very windy day and Crispin begins to blow away. Flora catches him and the wind carries them along. They come to a dragonfly, then a sparrow, then a rainbow, then ...more
Lesley Dahlseng
Feb 21, 2014 Lesley Dahlseng rated it really liked it
Younger siblings can be quite exasperating and Flora is letting out her frustration in the opening scene. Her younger brother, Crispin, has just spilled her paints again, and somehow she is the one getting blamed for the mess. Flora is sent outside and told to take Crispin with her. It just so happens that it is an especially windy day. Flora's super-special heavy-duty red boots keep her grounded and she mocks the wind's attempt at blowing her away. Then, still resenting having to be with her br ...more
Sep 15, 2010 Dianna rated it it was amazing
When Flora's pesky baby brother Crispin is carried away by the wind, Flora follows him . . . and gets to decide whether she wants to bring him back home.

My four-year-old son and I loved this book. Being carried away by the wind is a favorite topic of conversation for him, and he has a baby sister who he's not too sure about, so this was right on target for him. It was a bit on the long side for a picture book, but it was so perfectly executed and kept moving so smoothly that it didn't drag at a
Jan 29, 2016 Madeline rated it it was amazing
The story opens with Flora, who is clearly agitated with her messy little brother, Crispin. The overburdened mother suggests for Flora to take Crispin outside to play. With the opportunity to go outside, Flora is hopeful to finally get rid of her irritating brother. While the two are playing, the wild wind blows and it swoops up little Crispin and up he goes into the sky. Flora notices her little brother blow away and she takes off her heavy red boots and flies up to rescue him. During the time ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a very whimsical story about a girl whose brother gets carried away by the wind so she goes after him. It has some of the most darling illustrations I've ever seen. The story is good as Flora encounters different things that ask her for her brother, but she says no to each one. I was disappointed, however, at the end of the book. The final time she is asked for her brother she decides not to let him go because her mother wouldn't like it. I really, really wish that she had said no becaus ...more
Flora is irritated with her brother for tipping over her paints. Her mother orders them both out of the house while she cleans up the mess. It's very windy outside and it doesn't take long for Flora's brother Crispin to be blown away. She takes off her super duty red boots to fly after him and catch him. Various animals along the way ask if they can keep Crispin. The dragonfly so that Crispin can shine her wings. The Eagle to sharpen his talons, the moon because he's lonely. But Flora refuses ea ...more
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Miss Ryoko
Nov 15, 2015 Miss Ryoko rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations in this book were really quite special. Crispin was especially cute. The story was sweet and imaginative. It was well written and beautifully presented. Jeanne Birdsall and Matt Phelan made a good pairing for this story!
May 03, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Sweet, fun book with great illustrations. Received three "again, again!"s from my daughter.
What a weird moralistic tale that doesn't really make the need for the moral that clear. I mean, I get that Flora is mad at her brother. But then she kind of idly thinks "Hm, he might get blown away because he doesn't have special boots like me. Oh well." What a passive way to want to "get rid" of him. And then the entire story is basically to guilt her for saying she didn't want him around (which she didn't really say) . . . by ultimately saying "Mom'll probably want him to come home!" It just ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
I grabbed this book from the library yesterday afternoon amongst a whole stack to check out and read to Reason. As we've made our way through, this has been the stand-out so far. It is about a little girl and her baby brother who has inadvertently made himself a nuisance to her, and she gets her wish that the wind would carry him away, but immediately regrets it and chases after him. She decides that she wants to keep him after all and they get back home after their windy adventure. Reason loved ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Erin rated it it was amazing
UPDATE: A year later and my 4 year old remembered this and requested that we get it again. It's just the perfect fall book.

When we reach the maximum number of library renewals, it's an automatic 5 star rating.

Flora's Very Windy Day tells the story of a sister who is sent outside with her little brother Crispin after a painting altercation in the house. Flora is annoyed to have to take care of Crispin, until he's blown away by the wind. She quickly takes off after him, and they meet lots of
Apr 08, 2011 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Flora is fed up with her little brother, Crispin. When he spills her paints, she is furious! Her mother tells her to go outside and take Cripsin, too. Well, at least she won't get blown away because she has super-special heavy-duty red boots. Flora thinks Crispin just might get blown away though and make her life easier.

When the wind actually does scoop up Crispin, Flora has second thoughts, takes off her super-special heavy-duty red boots, and goes after Crispin. They meet a dragonfly, a sparr
Oct 26, 2013 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Review first posted on LiterariTea as a Picture Book of the Week feature:

I'm a fan of Jeanne Birdsall's Penderwick books, and I've also enjoyed what I've seen of Matt Phelan's work (in fact, I recommended his Around the World graphic novel for one of our Redeemed Reader 2013 Summer Reading Read-Along titles). When I noticed this book in Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago, I immediately pulled it down to read it. My first thought was, "Why haven't I heard about this book? It's lovely!" (And I've si
Mar 24, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Flora is very displeased with her younger brother and wishes that someone would whisk him away. Fortunately for her, the wind was listening to her request. Off went Crispin, flying in the air! Flora swept up after him. She held his hand as they were flown here and there and everywhere. Along the way, sparrows, dragonflies, rainbows, and more ask Flora if she will give up her brother. Will she find him a new home or bring him back with her?

Good for preschool storytimes.
Sarah Adamson
This is the story of an older sister and younger brother. The older sister is fed up with her little brother and hopes the wind will take him away - because he is only wearing normal purple boots instead of her super heavy red boots. The wind catches up her brother and then she realizes that might not be a good plan so she takes off her boots and goes after him. They meet various creatures and phenomenon who offer to take the brother but as they travel, the big sister realizes she needs to just ...more
The Brothers
Jan 28, 2016 The Brothers rated it liked it
Flora is being bothered by her little brothers, so in turn, she bothers her mother who sends them both outside on a blustery day. Flora has on her special boots so the wind doesn't blow her away, but her little brother is not so lucky. Deciding she's not quite ready to get rid of him, Flora takes off her boots and joins him in the windy sky, where a variety of characters ask her if they can "have the little boy." She declines each time and tries to figure out how to get back home with her brothe ...more
Amber the Human
Jun 13, 2014 Amber the Human rated it liked it
Having read all of the (currently released) Penderwick books, and enjoying them for reasons I'm still trying to figure out, I finally checked this picture book by the same author out from the library. It's sweet, with a common children's book theme of an older sibling wanting to get rid of a younger sibling until push comes to shove, and then of course they want to keep them.
I really enjoyed the story and especially the illustrations. Flora is upset with her baby brother for messing things up, and like all older siblings come to feel at one moment or another, she would like to be rid of him. Her mother sends Flora and her brother outside where the wind scoops up her brother. What's a girl to do? This is a very sweet story.
Jul 04, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
I think we've all had feelings of wishing a family member would be blown away by the wind; perhaps Birdsall' s story will help young ones and their parents move toward a tenderness of heart for those pesky people in their lives. The illustrations add much character to the story nudging the imagination to take flight .
Apr 29, 2012 Ezekiel rated it really liked it
I love the art, and I love the story of Flora's Very Windy Day.
The one thing I don't love is that the children aren't just white (ethnically) they literally have no pigment on the page. A story of a sister realizing she loves her brother doesn't need to be a white story :-(

Flora's Very Windy Day focuses on Flora, who at the beginning is pretty annoyed by her brother Crispin. He's younger and Flora's meant to watch him, so when he makes a mess they are sent outside on a windy day. Flora thinks t
Kaylee Warzecha
Aug 26, 2014 Kaylee Warzecha rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Cute book about a little girl who does not really like her little brother, but when the wind takes them on an adventure, Flora learns that she would not trade him for anything especially because her mother would be mad at her. I loved the illustrations and the bright fall colors. (picture book)
May 20, 2011 babyhippoface rated it liked it
Any picture book with Matt Phelan's name on it is already better than your average picture book. His characters are drawn with such endearing faces it is impossible not to want to pick them up and kiss their little round heads.

Flora's little brother Crispin has annoyed her one too many times. Spilling her paints--again--is the last straw. Flora decides it's time for Crispin to go. When their mother sends them outside, Flora just knows the strong wind will carry Crispin away, and that's one less
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Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools. Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were: Mrs. Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity; Mr. Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math; and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne (and Mr. Penderwick) ...more
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