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Storm Song [Kindle Edition]

Nancy Viau , Gynux
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As thunder and lightning approach, a family gathers inside to play, sing, eat, and snuggle together until the weather clears. This sweet story captures both the excitement of a thunderstorm and the reassurance children need during a storm. The lively, rhythmic text mimics the storm sounds while the bold, playful art conveys this special family time.

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 5593 KB
  • Print Length: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZ087LE
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars nicely done 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but nice June 13, 2013
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Storm Song June 24, 2013
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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.


- 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 year old granddaughter likes it
Liked reading all the words for the different noises that are made during a storm.

Likes to read, and be read to and helps not be afraid of noises during a storm.
Published 1 month ago by L. Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Cute book bug pretty simple.
Published 4 months ago by carriedbear
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
My almost three year old son liked this book. He liked the rain most. The pictures are not super bright, but the rhythm of the words kept my sons attention.
Published 5 months ago by Skipmersanzo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book to read to children.
Published 7 months ago by DJ, Washington DC
5.0 out of 5 stars We both enjoyed the book
Bought this for my granddaughter - she loved it, so I did too!
Published 8 months ago by bms
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute book for small children.
Published 9 months ago by Suzytoons
5.0 out of 5 stars We love it. The quality of the illustrations is amazing ...
We love it. The quality of the illustrations is amazing and the funny and warm story about Mami taking care of the kids during a storm helped at my hipersensitive 3 year child to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diana Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read for young minds
Such a nice story for young children.
My son loves this story during storms!
Calming and soothing to distract him from being scared.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
This book was rather boring. My kids thought so too. The sisters didn't seem to care for eachother, and there were no warm fuzzies... nothing funny... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Claire
3.0 out of 5 stars cute for little ones
It was a nice quick book for my active 2 grandkids. It will be read again during the next storm.
Published 10 months ago by southern belle
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More About the Author

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 (, a marketing group consisting of authors who sign, present, and visit bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences together. Please visit to find out about her assembly programs and writing workshops.

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