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It Is the Wind Hardcover – April 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006028191X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060281915
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-K. In his room at night, a boy looks outside and tries to imagine what is making the noise he hears. At each turn of the page, he tries out a new idea: "It is the calf, I think, / on the loose / that calls out waaah, / that calls out maaah . . ." Using the same form of rhythm and rhyme and many of the same words on each double-page spread, the text falls into a pattern that moves the story along almost musically; as the pages turn, the focus shifts from the boy to the animals, then back to the farm and the boy's bedroom. The mesmerizing effect of the verse makes this a good bedtime story, and it's no surprise that the boy is falling asleep on the last page. Ransome makes the most of the simple story with graceful scenes of the African American boy and the rural night scenes he sees and imagines. Every firefly and moonlit flash of white glows against the muted colors, while in the shadows, viewers can discern a cat on the prowl and frogs in the dark waters of the pond. Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author

Ferida Wolff is the author of fifteen books for young people, including A Year for Kiko, Watch Out for Bears!, On Halloween Night, Seven Loaves of Bread, A Weed Is a Seed, and Pink Slippers, Bat Mitzvah Blues, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.

James Ransome's work has appeared in nearly fifty books for children, including Uncle Jed's Barbershop, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and This Is the Dream. His highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color won the NAACP Image Award. He teaches illustration at Syracuse University and lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his family.


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Format: Paperback
This book features soft watercolor illustrations that go perfectly with the soothing sounds of the words. Your kids will love hearing this over and over again. Enjoy!
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By L. Harper on August 30, 2007
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We randomly chose this book at the library, and it turned out to be one of my 2 year old son's absolute favorites. It's got a beautiful rhythm to it, with gorgeous illustrations - I highly recommend it! I'm now buying a copy for our home library.
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