Good Night Wind
Good Night Wind
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Annotation: After working hard through the fall and winter, Wind is ready for a nap but after being turned away time and again he becomes angry.
Catalog Number: #181169
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Doliveux, Maelle,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-8234-3788-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-3788-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017024830
Dimensions: 24 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Striking artwork fashioned from ribbons of crisply cut colored paper enlivens this retelling of a Yiddish folktale. Winter Wind flies into a rage after searching unsuccessfully for a place to sleep, -crying like a child, howling like a dog, wailing like a cat.- No one wants to host the chilly breeze, neither tree nor rock nor country innkeeper. A girl whose brother cries in fright shouts at Wind (-Stop pounding on our windows!-), then realizes that Wind-s fury is really exhaustion. -Wind is acting like a tired, angry baby,- the girl tells her brother, and they find Wind a quiet place to sleep. Marshall (Mommy, Baby, and Me) writes with the force of a gale: -Snow hurtled to the ground and gusted back to the sky, whirling in huge white sheets.- Spreads in autumn reds and winter blues by cut-paper artist Doliveux carry still more energy-gusts blow off Wind-s bulky blue body as sailing ribbons and embossed white paper represents mounds of snow. Discovering that rage can mask other emotions is powerful knowledge, and readers will be drawn to the image of the two children taming a gigantic force. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
At the end of winter, the tired winter wind searches for "a place to rest."Inspired by a Yiddish story, author Marshall uses fresh language to reimagine this tale of the winter wind, exhausted after working all winter blowing leaves off trees and sculpting snow drifts for children, now looking for a respite. But all the places it tries to settle down—the cozy houses, a tree trunk, a rock—reject it because, of course, it's the icy winter wind. When it rattles the windows of a remote cabin, frightening a young boy, the boy's sister demands that the wind stop and tells her brother that "Wind is acting like a tired, angry baby." The boy replies, with impeccable child logic, "Maybe Wind needs a nap?" The two children guide the wind to a cave, where the wind gratefully hunkers down. While the story is wonderfully inviting in itself, illustrator Doliveux's images, created using dioramas constructed from cut-paper collage, then lit and photographed, are wondrous. Winter Wind is a swirling mass of paper strips in cool blues and whites with dark, expressive eyes. By contrast, the cozy rooms and houses are rendered in warm colors and steady lines to give viewers a sense of order and warmth. Both white and brown-skinned people are depicted.A sparkling story whose fresh words and deeply imagined, skillfully rendered illustrations give it a feel that is both contemporary and folkloric. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)
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Word Count: 689
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 501731 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD600L

When the exhausted winter wind throws a snowy tantrum, it finds comfort in the friendship of two young children in this lyrical retelling of a Yiddish folktale illustrated with stunning collage.

In this retelling of a Yiddish folktale, "Winter Wind worked hard all season long / blowing away leaves, / preparing trees for coats of snow and ice." Now, Wind is tired and needs a place to rest. But no one wants to shelter so cold and blustery a Wind--not the townspeople, not the country innkeeper, not even the gnarled tree who is worried about frozen roots. Finally, Wind does what any of us do when we are overtired: Wind has a tantrum. And it is only with the help of two small children brave enough to weather the storm that Wind finally finds the perfect place to sleep. Gentle language coupled with intricate photo-illustrations of collage dioramas tell this sweet tale about empathy and friendship. The visuals in this book are striking for their vibrancy, palette, and movement.

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