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PreSchool-Grade 1—Mick, Mack, and Molly, three squirrel siblings introduced in Hooray for Spring! and Hooray for Snow! (both NorthSouth, 2009), get caught in a thunderstorm. They take refuge in a small cave where they meet a rabbit and two mice, also riding out the inclement weather. When the rain stops, they all run out to play together, declaring that they are the "Summer Storm Friends." There's really not enough interaction among the characters to show the developing friendship. Also, the title and cover art fail to hint at the main focus of the story: the storm. Cover-art issue aside, the illustrations are the best part of the book. The animals' faces are expressive, and the colors go from bright to muted to dark as the storm approaches. Yellow highlights the dark as lightning crashes and rain streaks down the pages in white stripes. A solid addition, especially where the first two books are popular.—Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA
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Three little squirrels are playing in a field when the birds warn them of a coming storm. Running homeward as the rain starts pelting down, they take shelter in a small cave, where they find two little mice also hiding. A small rabbit joins them just before the lightning and thunder begin. Huddled together, they tremble with fear until the storm lets up and the sky brightens. Outdoors again, they play together until suppertime, celebrating summer, its storms, and the “Summer Storm Friends” it creates. First published in Japan, this picture book vividly portrays the wide-eyed fear of the young animals and their sudden bonding when lightning strikes nearby. The illustrations, with their precise lines and soft colors, could convey the basic story on their own, but the words add another dimension by telling what cannot be seen, from the characters' words to the scent of the earth after a storm. A good read-aloud choice as summer approaches. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735822859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735822856
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on February 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The three squirrel siblings Mick, Mack, and Molly are busy playing one hot, summer afternoon when a heavy downpour occurs. The siblings seek shelter in a cave, and find other woodland creatures are also seeking refuge from the bad weather. The fears of the thunder and lightning is well-illustrated in the beautiful watercolor illustrations by Japanese illustrator Kazuo Iwamura. This gentle story makes a wonderful read aloud for preschoolers and up.
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"Hooray for Summer!" is a delicately illustrated preschoolers' tale of how three little squirrel children manage to survive a summer storm by hiding in a little cave with some other creatures who become their Summer Storm Friends. The gently-hued, story -telling illustrations complement the sensitive tones of the text. "Hooray for Summer!" is a tale that little ones will engage in and enjoy, with moments of drama, uncertainty, sadness, and rejoicing.
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