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Flora's Very Windy Day Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 23, 2010
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When Flora and her pesky little brother, Crispin, are whisked away by a swirling and swooping wind, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to give her brother away. With tempting offers from a dragonfly, the man in the moon, and even the wind itself, she will find it difficult to choose. But Flora would do anything to get rid of Crispin, wouldn't she?Jeanne Birdsall's utterly charming picture book debut takes flight in Matt Phelan's twisting, twirling watercolors, brimming with wit and whimsy.
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|An early pencil sketch of Flora in one of her many moods||An early pencil sketch of Crispin being blown by the wind|
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Top Customer Reviews
'Be careful what you wish for' is perhaps Flora's realization, because as she sees her little brother being lifted up and blown away, she has a change of heart. Her empty red boots are pictured in the foreground with a whimsical sight of Flora soaring with the wind, arms outstretched toward her brother. The following is best described as a journey of the heart, as several encounters make her choose whether to keep her little brother or not. One thing after another claims to have a special use for him and asks: "Will you give me that little boy?" Each time, Flora decides that he is her brother and that she will take him home. However, the resounding question is: will the wind let her? Flora finally turns to the wind and asks whether they may go home. There has been a literal crescendo up to this pivotal moment when the wind questions where the right spot for Crispin is: "You do want to get rid of him, right?"
It is this moment that you as a reader will expect the author to capitalize upon. . . some grand realization that Flora indeed loves her brother and wants to keep him.Read more ›
Today is a VERY windy day and as always, mom made me take Crispin outside! Well, I put on my extra special heavy RED Boots. Believe me, these boots don't just keep my feet warm, oh no! This wind is NO match for my boots, they'll laugh at this wind, they'll make this wind cry!! Oh, but poor Crispin only has his purple boots and what do they do...NOTHING. They're going to carry him away and let's just say, I'm giving him to the first taker!! No more sharing MY chocolate chip cookies!
I absolutely loved this book and have to disagree with the the rating that say this book doesn't show the love between Flora and Crispin! Sure she's mad! She's a big sister and that's what they do and while Crispin is a a toddler, he does what he does best...follows her around and gets into her things!! Does it ever change?
The second tbe wind comes calling along with a host of other characters, ones that want to keep her dear, precious baby brother. Well what happens? SISTERLY love happens and without spoiling it for those who haven't read it yet, I think I'll keep the secret between Flora and I.
This book comes highly recommended. Oh, and I bet if you look in the paper, there's a pair of extra heavy red boots for sale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful. I absolutely fell in love with this book after reading it to my daughter. Sentences flow across the page so easily like a slight breeze was pulling you along.Published 1 month ago by Monica A
This is the cutest book, ever. I actually got it through a scholastic book order, but it will go down as a family favorite. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Abby conway
Great book, my three year old daughter loves it, though she has been slightly worried about being blown away after reading this book.Published 12 months ago by periwinkle
I love how this story is about an older sister and her younger brother. It is perfect for my two children, daughter 5 and sone 4. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by 10bailee
The illustrations are great, very colorful and fun to look at. My 1 1/2 year old daughter loves the book and for a while was making me read it to her every night. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by mrose17
I purchased this book for my 4 year old daughter. The concept is adorable as a big sister takes her brother on a "windy" journey only to realize how much she really wanted her... Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Krick Reader
A cute story book with wonderful illustrations. It's a great book for families with two or more children. Read morePublished on May 19, 2011 by Victor Blake