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Gilberto and the Wind Paperback – 1978


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: FBAPowersetup; Unknown edition (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140502769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140502763
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on November 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
Marie Hall Ets has written several lovely, understated stories about small children interacting with the natural world. In this one, young Gilberto tells about his interaction with Wind, which introduces itself by whispering "You-ou-ou," then whips his balloon out of his hands and carries it into a tree. Throughout the story, Wind expresses many moods -- playful, capricious, stormy, and finally quiescent. Gilberto lies down and goes to sleep with the wind beneath a tree.

This story captures the character of one of the natural world's most mysterious elements, describing its different forms in a way that a small child can easily grasp. The wind is faceless, and we view Gilberto mostly from the side or the back as he interacts with his invisible "friend." The illustrations, like many from the early 1960's, are rendered in three colors only, but Ets makes the most of them, creating dramatic contrasts and a mysterious mood. An excellent read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beth Anne Baker on March 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Fanastic introduction to a unit or discussion on wind. Gilberto is a little boy experiencing and playing with the wind. Beautiful illustrations. My kindergarten class was enthralled with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CleanRanger on September 8, 2012
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Gilberto is a real surprise. The graphics are interesting but the limited palate made it look a little dreary. Therefore, the first time I tried to read this to a child I was unenthused. However, the story really grabs all the children I've ever read this to and quite beautiful. My baby brother (now 39) remembers this as his all time fav. NOTE: For some reason the background in the paperback version is far too dark and that is disappointing so 4 stars out of 5 which I'd give for the original hard cover version we owned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linds on October 5, 2012
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I was a little hesitant about this book at first, but it's so great. It's very simple, yet has a very deep, sobering meaning to it as well. Younger kids might not get the full message, but they can still enjoy it!
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