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.