From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4–This poignant story relays how a family copes upon finding out that their beloved summer home has been destroyed by a hurricane. The two children and their parents go through a grieving process, salvaging shards of precious mementoes and remembering times they shared together. A year passes, and they return to the spot of their pink summer home, toting a red tent that in some lights...looked pink, ready to make new memories. Things were different in the tent, but after awhile it began to feel like home–just a new kind. For the most part, the full-spread gouache illustrations go with the tone of the story, though the facial expressions don't always match the varied emotions described. Overall, though, this a good choice on a topic not widely written about for a young audience.–Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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K-Gr. 3. After a storm destroys her family's summer cabin at the beach, a girl tells of driving back there with her parents and her brother. Simple, evocative words and expressive gouache pictures show the destruction they find: "a world / shaken, / turned upside down, / inside out / by shrieking winds" that "had ripped along the coast / like a mad beast, / destroying everything in its path." The sorrow is heartfelt. The girl remembers happy times when the family felt safe. She talks about her present grief and loss, and, finally, about the hope of rebuilding, even as she hears her mother cry. Of course, the horrifying tsunami images and the reports of local storms and destruction will add immediacy to this story, which can open discussion about both the nightmares of sudden natural disasters and the loss of this one family--fortunate that its loss was not a loved one. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved