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“Children will enjoy the wordplay.” -School Library Journal, October 2013

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Nancy Viau is the author of City Street Beat (Albert Whitman & Co.), Storm Song (Two Lions), Look What I Can Do! (Abrams Books for Young Readers), and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head (Amulet Books). Her stories, poems, and activities appear in Highlights, Ladybug, and many other magazines. She is a member of The Authors Guild and The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the founder of The KidLit Authors Club (www.kidlitauthorsclub.com), a marketing group consisting of authors who sign, present, and visit bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences together. Please visit www.NancyViau.com to find out about her assembly programs and writing workshops.

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The sky begins to darken and large clouds form as "Thunder claps / Outside the door-- / Boom. Boom. Bang! / Rumble, rap, / ROAR!" The swing begins to move beneath the tree as leaves swirl through the sky. Three little faces are seen in a lighted window as the storm tells them it's on it's way. Their eyes widened as the lighting crackles outside their window. They step back from the window and they dog peeks out from underneath the bed. Oh, no! The storm has arrived and it's time to hug that teddy tight. The raindrops pitter patter on the roof and they race down the stairs.

Alive, the sky is alive with activity they can see from the picture window. The raindrops mix with the swirling leaves as the lightning lights up the darkened sky. "Lights go out. / the children jump-- / Bustle, / bark, / BUMP!" Oh, no, it's a very scary time and where is Mom? She gathers them close to sing them songs and even the dog begins to smile. It's a scary time. The rain comes down in buckets and there's still no light. Is there anything that can make the children smile again?

This is a delightfully charming day of three children and their very scary stormy day. The prose captures the fear, excitement, and wonder a thunderstorm brings to children. Thunderstorms can be awesome to some, but very scary to many little ones. The digital artwork captures their tentative feelings and fright as the storm brews and erupts around them. Their Mom knows just how to bring comfort to them, releasing them from the fear they feel. This is one of those perfect cuddle up and read books, especially when that thunder begins to rumble in the distance!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 2, 2013
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Nancy Viau's "Storm Song," a cute little book for very young children, will sooth any fears they may have about noisy and potentially scary thunderstorms; it just may delight them as well! The words don't truly tell a story; for example, the children don't even have names and pages of the book are devoted to the sounds thunderstorms make. Nevertheless, this book does give children a good idea of what happens during a thunderstorm and how their parents, grandparents or other grownups can be there to comfort them by singing songs or making popcorn for them to enjoy! The beautiful illustrations by Gynux couldn't have been done any better; they add a somewhat bouncy tone to the overall message of the book so that the child learns not just some new words but also the lesson that a thundershower isn't such a terrible or dangerous thing after all.

Some say that this is a "read-aloud" book; and I agree. This book is probably best for young children just learning to read; it's a great way for them to bond with parents, grandparents and others. I also agree with the reviewer who writes that author Nancy Viau uses a great deal of onomatopoeia in this book. Very good!

Somewhat older children can return to this book to understand the use of onomatopoeia; that's terrific because then the book can be a learning tool all over again!

I highly recommend this book for very young children just learning to read and appreciate the high value of books. Older kids can read this book again and see examples of onomatopoeia.
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I expected a book that reassured children during thunderstorms by explaining what is happening and what to expect and telling them not to be afraid, maybe even making storms look exciting without ignoring safety. I had it on hand to read to my grandson when one of our big, wet, and noisy South Florida thunderstorms happened. Sure enough, it came, he was here, and I pulled out my book.

Well, it was a nice book; it rhymed and had an onomatopoeia-like approach with words imitating the sounds of a storm. I now realize that the name "Storm Song" is due to the almost musical rhythm of the rhymes. It's a very effective use of language and it makes language beautiful and powerful for a young audience. In that sense, it was very entertaining as well as educational and vocabulary-building.

But in the sense of reassuring children during what could be a scary experience, it is a little less successful. The illustrations are good, but a little dark and the children in the story are just short of panicked. The storm starts, all the sounds kick in, the power goes, and there are no explanations as to what thunder is, why rain happens or any other concept.

I suppose that it would have been difficult to do both things and do them both right, so I understand the author's choice since she, obviously, has a talent for language.
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"Storm Song" is a story that you can use to help your young ones learn about storm. The story leaves a little short in terms of it being... an actual story, but it relies on sounds and illustrations to help explain the events of a thunderstorm. It does offer a bit of a rhyming pattern, but it doesn't quite flow off your tongue when compared to some of the other children's books that we have read.

Notes-

- The story doesn't really tell much of a story about a storm, but it goes through a series of sounds that occur as the family deals with a storm

- I did like that the family went downstars and lost power - this caused my daughter to ask questions on why the family went down stairs... why the power went out and such

- "Storm Song" doesn't offer much of a song about a storm... the only real song that the family sings is the first verse of, "Row row your boat"

- We really like the illustrations they are very well done.

Final Verdict - While "Storm Song" doesn't tell much of a story, but offers a series of events that allow you to explain and (hopefully) take the fear out of a thunderstorm.

3 Stars
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