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A Page in the Wind

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A whimsical and moving story about discovering your purpose by José Sanabria and María Laura Díaz Domínguez.

The last little newspaper on a newsstand wonders what its life will be like until a gust of wind sends its individual pages flying. Each page travels to a different place and experiences a vastly different life—from being used to clean a mirror and line the cage of a
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by NorthSouth Books
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What an original story! The illustrations are wonderful, collage and what looks like layered acrylic paint. A newspaper is printed and leaves with the rest of the 'newborns' on it's journey into the world. Gradually the newspaper siblings find homes but this paper is snatched away by the wind, pages blowing free like birds, they begin their separate adventures. After all the pages have gone one way or another, the final page flies on, finally coming to land in a man's garden. The paper tells us ...more
David Schaafsma
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A picturebook with wonderful folk art illustrations about a newspaper who gets blown into the wind and ends up in various places where he encounters a cleaning woman, and a child who fashions a page (of him) into a boat, so many people. He lines a bird cage, he wraps a dead goldfish before a weeping boy: "I found pain;" he functions as an umbrella in the rain for two lovers: "I found love."

A discouraged man, his last person, finds a page in the street and in it finds good news that carries his
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
Pages in the wind: A book that will make you ugly cry because of a newspaper.
"I came into the world early one morning, in a large, cold place."

I absolutely love mixed-medium children's books. The style is never clean and crisp, but homely and rough. It gives the air of a cloudy day, cuddled up with your child in a little reading nook with the rain gently beating down in the window.

I have a special place in my heart for books not written in the perspective of humans, but objects or animals. In
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
South American artist Jose Sanabria’s unusual picture book traces the journey of a newspaper, El Barco (“The Ship”), from where it “came into the world,” early one morning, inside a cold building on the edge of a large city. Sanabria has the newspaper speak directly (in the first person) to readers, telling them that it was—hot off the press—stacked warmly together with its fellow “newborns” before travelling by truck in search of a new home. Over the course of the day, the newspaper’s fellows ...more
A Page in the Wind is a gorgeous book! The images might not appeal to everyone at first glance, but the more you look, the more there is to see. There is no strong story here, but I think that's actually one of the strongest elements of the book.

This is my favourite kind of book to read with little ones aged 3-5 because it's so easy to get them using their own imaginations to fill in the details of the story on their own. This book will be read over and over and will simply grow more charming
Jon Nakapalau
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nice story about discovering your purpose in life.
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A beautifully drawn children's book with a really cute story. I think both kids and adults will enjoy reading this one. I'm excited to share this one with my 11 yo daughter as I think she will especially love the artwork. I think this is one that will be revisited by all who have read it. I don't think just one read-through will be enough to satisfy as the artwork gives you so much to look at each time you open the book.

Thank you to Netgalley and North South Books Inc. for a copy of the ebook
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a whimsical little children's book! As an adult, I enjoyed reading about the little newspaper whose pages lived many different lives when blown away around the town. It's important for children to practice taking the perspective of others and this one should let children's imaginations soar like the pages in the wind. The townspeople could be from a different culture and generation than the reader which helps expand horizons. It is nice that the book features a physical newspaper as the new ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maybe not that great, but definetely a very original one, in its story as well as in its illustrations. We follow a page of a newspapers who goes around true its life, with its though and feeling. I like it and really appreciate its originality!!
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is either too esoteric for young to understand, or else it is just the right kind of feeling that children will ponder and try to come up with stories of their own as to how the newspaper got scattered all over the city.

What is a newspaper good for? In the book it is used to line a bird's cage, or build a fire.

A page in the wind

But, the final and best use for a newspaper, beyond making them into paper boats, and using them for an umbrella, is to actually read them, and thant is when we are shown someone
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I adored A Page in the Wind. I love the idea that a newspaper lives a full life, even down to its last page, and that we experience this life through the eyes of said newspaper. The abstract artwork adds to the story without being overbearing. It's like you're fluttering down the street with the pages.

This would be the perfect book to add to the collection of any children in your life. It's such an open-ended story that it could be used to inspire creativity once finished with the children in
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
A Page in the Wind is the "life story" of a newspaper from the printer to the adventures of each page as life is changed by the people it comes in contact with and in turn the newspaper changes the life of a man who reads it. A simple sentence on each page with a collage illustration will keep the attention of young readers and adults will enjoy and appreciate the heart-warming metaphors. A charming read for readers of all ages but especially for the intended young readers who will use their ...more
La La
3.5 on the blog.

Readers have this categorized as a Children's picture book but the readership age by the publisher's own notation is Juvenile Fiction (ages 4-8), and I agree because the concepts in the story, in my opinion, would not be understood by preschoolers; in fact I am thinking this storyline might even leave most Middle Grade age readers (ages 7-12) scratching their heads, and that's a problem.

The colorful folk art illustrations are delightful, and are the saving grace of this book.

May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Children's books often give life lessons to their readers in short, clever ways. A Page in the Wind could be a parable for a life's unknown journey, experience and affect on society. Jose Sanabria and Maria Laura Diaz have produced an exemplary book for young minds. I can't say enough good things about the beautiful, detailed illustrations-- They are fantastic. I highly recommend this book to parents and teachers of young children.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review through
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who would ever thought that a newspaper can be a character? Certainly not me.
But this book did a great job telling a story of newspaper.
A Page is the Wind is a heartwarming book filled with beautiful illustration!
And how come a newspaper can make someone's heart feel touched? I don't know, but it made mine.
The story is just soooo lovely. One thing that I wish I know more is the ending. I would love it if they can elaborate or explain a little bit more :)
Lisa Mcbroom
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Carole Dennis
Shelves: best-of-2019
Lyrical story of how the written word touches people's life. Told from the POV of a newspaper . The newspaper's pages blow in the wind and many people find them and use them for other purposes beside reading. When an elderly gentlemen finds the pages he has good news indeed.
Discovered at my library, first published in Switzerland, author and illustrator are from Argentina. The story is told by a newspaper, first born and then taken to a newsstand, wonders all the while about its destiny. The only one left, a gust of wind tears it apart and each page travels to a different and interesting destination. Perhaps it's a fable to consider through examining each page that really is a story itself. One page lands with a hard-working woman cleaning. She uses her page to ...more
Paul Franco
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you weren’t paying attention, you would think this is a story about a baby. Instead it talks about a newly printed newspaper, but one with special powers, because it retains a central memory, as well as sensory abilities to know what each of its individual pages is seeing and feeling.
Some of the individual pages’ destinations were much more inglorious than others. There’s one point where it’s very hopeful about a woman, only to get sarcastic when things don’t work out the way it wants.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A surprise, this – you'd never really think a newspaper could be the narrating character in a book for the very young. Nor really would you expect the artwork here to be ideal for a children's book, as it's kind of dingy, grubby and lifelike, but it works. The story is simply told, one sentence per page, so every beat of the story acts as a splash page on its own, and the impact of the gentle, pleasant tale is conveyed. I'd go for this – it has the unusual, plus the heart-warming. It's a little ...more
Literary Soirée
The illustrations by Columbian artist José Sanabria are beautiful enough to hang in any museum. And this little book has a big message about being patient as your life’s purpose is revealed. All told through the story of a newstand newspaper, whose pages are scattered across the village and used in various ways ... to line a bird cage, clean a mirror, keep a homeless person warm during a cold night, and bring long-awaited happy news to a once downcast man. Five thumbs up!

Thanks to NetGalley and
Christina Reid
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't have expected to find a book about a newspaper so affecting, but this truly is! The story follows a newspaper from his day of 'birth' through several places and situations. The illustrations were created using mixed media and have so many hidden details.
Rogene Carter
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A beautifully illustrated story of how even a small thing can travel far and wide.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not too bad. It would have been nice to know what the man read that made him so happy at the end. Kind of an abrupt ending actually. As it's a translation, I wondered if something wasn't missing? I liked the illustrations. I think it may be a bit esoteric for a child. Not sure who else would read it.

I received a Kindle ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Vidya Tiru
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Does the printed page have a life its own, feelings, a voice? As you browse through the pages of this book to look into the life of a newspaper, you will come to believe it does, and endearingly so! In today’s world where the printed newspaper is likely becoming part of a past, this book makes it a forever thing. Through its magical pages filled with detailed illustrations that are simply exquisite, the book lends a human voice to the newspaper – sometimes humorous, at others desolate, and a ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This story was told from the point of view of the newspaper. A newspaper is 'born' in a big warehouse, carried off with the other 'newborns', keeping each other warm in a stack on the newsstand. He waited and watched while all his siblings got adopted and carried off, but this newspaper had a different life ahead. Blowing away, parts of him ended up in various homes, with various people,being used in different ways. The point of view was very unique, talking about all the ways a newspaper ...more
Ms. Arca
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Netgalley picture book ARCs yet. It’s the kind of book that upon reading it, I just had SO many ideas about how to use it with kids ... I love a book that inspires like this. Writing prompts, art prompts, a combo of the two!? I can see bringing in newspaper from home type projects, I can see this as an intro to a nonfiction or journalism unit as a fun twist, I can see this as an investigation of perspectives.. I can see this as a journal entry or continuing the story ...more
Story text is by José Sanabria and María Laura Díaz Domínguez. Illustrations by José Sanabria (color stains are added by Delvy Betancourt). Translation is done by Audrey Hall.

This picture (children's?) book is a masterpiece. Extremely deep, meaningful, layered with great visuals (artwork). Loved it.

Spoiler Alert: This is NOT the story of a newspaper.

Spoiler Alert: Having said that, my guess on the last one: he won a lottery? Found a lost being? Had a great day in stocks?

Thanks to the publisher
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 1st-3rd grade
A bittersweet look at a newspaper yearning to be read. It is a thoughtful story, although I'm unsure of the audience. It's written for children but adults will be more likely to understand the story and feeling. The art is well done, with an old-fashioned feel both for the clothing of the characters and matching the writing of the story. The art is pastel I think, beautiful to look at. I read on a Kindle so colors are likely not true and it's difficult to tell the medium.

ARC from Netgalley
Jodi Henderson
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The gorgeous images move the reader along, following the pages wherever the wind may take us together.
I am happy to take the trip, again and again with my children and those of generations to come.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whimsical look at what happens to newspaper pages when they are blown into the wind.
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