From School Library Journal
PreSchool-A short text and brightly colored artwork tell of a mother comforting her child during a thunderstorm. The rhythmic verses follow a three-line pattern: "Pitter, pitter/Plam, plam/On my windowpane." As the storm builds to a climax, the text mimics the sights and sounds of the lightning and thunder: "Razz, razz/Flash, flash/Sparks the dazzling light." Just in time, the mother comes to calm her fearful daughter. As the tempest subsides, the child settles into bed with a "Flutter, flutter/Hush, hush/Sleeping, sleeping warm." The illustrations are done with watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil, and use basic shapes to create a childlike quality. Litzinger captures the fear in the girl's big round eyes and "OH!" mouth. Circular shapes are repeated in faces, the rug, a cat, and other objects in the child's room, providing a feeling of comfort while the vivid colors keep the mood light. Stamped raindrops splash throughout the pages and endpapers. Filled with bright images and rousing sound effects, this book will work well shared one-on-one or in toddler storytimes.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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"[A] gentle and comforting book to share with anyone afraid of thunderstorms." --Kirkus Reviews
"Filled with bright images and rousing sound effects, this book will work well shared one-on-one or in toddler storytimes." --School Library Journal