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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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Kindergarten-Grade 2 When Flora's younger brother spills her paints, their mother orders them both outside even though the autumn wind is strong and might blow them away. Luckily Flora wears her super-special, heavy-duty red boots, but Crispin's purple boots are ordinary. When the triple-strength wind lifts him up into the air, Flora kicks off her boots and sails up in the sky to retrieve him. A dragonfly, a sparrow, a rainbow, an eagle, and a cloud all ask to keep Crispin, but she says, He's my brother and I'm taking him home. Each one replies with the cryptic phrase, If the wind lets you. The lonely man in the moon and the wind also ask for the child, but Flora is determined. Accepting her change of heart, the wind blows them down to earth. Birdsall's first picture book is a flight of fancy reconciling a sister to her innocently irritating little brother. Phelan uses ink, watercolor, and pastels for their airy adventure, tossing and tumbling them through a series of encounters that reveal Flora's changing feelings. This gem of a book will resonate with older siblings everywhere. Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; First Edition edition (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618986766
  • ASIN: B004TE7ZAG
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Younger siblings can be quite exasperating and Flora is letting out her frustration in the opening scene. Her younger brother, Crispin, has just spilled her paints again, and somehow she is the one getting blamed for the mess. Flora is sent outside and told to take Crispin with her. It just so happens that it is an especially windy day. Flora's super-special heavy-duty red boots keep her grounded and she mocks the wind's attempt at blowing her away. Then, still resenting having to be with her brother, she tempts the wind by directing its attention to Crispin: " . . . you may notice that my little brother is wearing regular old purple boots."

'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.
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I purchased it for my daughter, who (1) is a devoted Penderwick's fan and (2) has three younger brothers. I had the boys sign it as a gift to her on her birthday this year. It's delightful, whimsical, tongue-in-cheek, and beautifully drawn in soft tones and shapes. There is the gentle expression of irritation that all older sisters feel for their little brothers at various times, with the solid, unbroken current of no matter what, where, when, or how, she's never going to let go of him. As the mother of five, I would simply suggest to those who find the subject matter objectionable that sibling rivalries, complete with petty quarrels and minor jealousies, are completely normal, and they are going to happen no matter how "expert" a parent you believe yourself to be. A book like this allows us to laugh at ourselves as we admit to our feelings in a safe and entertaining way.
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Jeanne Birdall's story of a little girl and her brother being blown about by the wind is beautifully illustrated by Matt Phelan. The whimsical elements really pop in particular as the kids come across new obstacles and Flora realizes that maybe she doesn't want to give Crispin away to whoever comes across her path next. The writing has a lot of repetitive elements but manages to build and move a bit instead of being just the same old thing each page turn. This works as a read aloud with small groups and younger children so long as they can sit still for 5-10 minutes. The repeated parts of the text almost demand help from children, too. This isn't a super serious read but more of the whimsy variety where the illustrations are the real highlight. Not overly complicated and easy to read just runs a few scenarios long by the end.
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Being a big sister myself, I could see why Flora was tired of Crispin being in her things and messing up her projects!! What's so special about him anyway? He's just a baby, and there really aren't that many things babies do besides make messes! I don't know why mom makes me take him outside with me no matter what the weather or perhaps she should take into consideration to what I might want to do! Another thing, how come Crispin is ALWAYS behind me or under my feet? Believe me, after today, I won't have to worry about it! about it!

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.
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