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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This book-within-a-book offers a comforting message for children coping with natural disasters. Mica, a young mouse who is afraid of storms because the previous year a hurricane destroyed her home, listens to a story told by her loving father about a little rhinoceros whose home was also destroyed by a deadly storm. The tale emphasizes the strength that comes from comforting support from loved ones. Rhino has lots of friends, and each animal offers a rather lengthy message in rhyme and varying fonts. Some words may require explanation for younger readers unfamiliar with the concepts of chaos or calamity. The art is stronger than the text: colorful cartoons emphasize the contrast from the digital art of Mica's home and the brighter pen, ink, and paint pages of the rhinoceros tale. Readers may also spot the edged pages of the inner "book" and note changes in art and text for the final message shared with Mica: "You're never really alone when bad things happen." A general purchase for most libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
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While the message was a good one, I think it was a bit confusing and got lost a bit on its' delivery. I also think that it might create unneeded questioning for younger children that COULD (may not) create undue anxiety for sensitive children. I think the illustrations are wonderful and it has a powerful message but needs to be read based on a child-to-child basis. May be better for 6yrs and up.
Mica mouse told her Papa she was frightened by the storm. She trembled under her blanket. So Papa told her a story in his soothing voice. It was a story about love, hope and good friends helping each other.
The illustrations are cleverly done and I enjoyed the rhymes. "'We're all on this earth to learn and to grow,' a wise old tortoise chimed in from below. 'Allowing yourself to start feeling your feelings is the very first step on the journey toward healing.'"
I received a complimentary kindle copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.
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