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Knock, Knock

June 7, 2018

A friend is what the heart needs all the time. ~Henry Van Dyke

May I Come In?  written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Jennie Poh is an engaging picture book about a thunderstorm and friendship that will delight young readers.

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When a fierce thunderstorm frightens Raccoon, he looks for safety with Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck. What bad luck! No one has room for poor Raccoon. A shimmery light in the distance catches Raccoon’s eye, and he makes his way through the storm to Rabbit’s door. When the door is opened, Raccoon sees ten little rabbits hopping and bopping about. He knows there will be no room. What good luck! Rabbit invites him in and offers him a cozy chair and warmth. As the storm rages on, there’s another knock at Rabbit’s door. Who do you think is there? Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck are looking for comfort from the scary storm. Of course, Rabbit welcomes all her friends just as it should be. Readers will enjoy Jennie Poh’s colorful illustrations and Marsha Diane Arnold’s cleverly worded text that shows how a good friend and neighbor can make room for everyone and chase storm jitters away.

 

 

 

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Shake, Rattle, and Rumble

June 24, 2011

When I said “Summer Rain” was one of my favorite summer tunes, I didn’t mean it was one of my favorite weather patterns. Since the first day of summer, wind, rain, hot temperatures, cool temperatures, and wicked thunder and lightning have been hanging around. Zeus, the Greek god of thunder and lightning, must be getting some grief from his wife about his affairs, and he’s taking it out on us!

The first flash of light warns me thunder will follow. I’m not particularly fond of thunder and lightning – especially when they arrive in the middle of the night and put on an earsplitting blazing light show.

In years past, when thunder and lightning filled the darkness of the night, I’d awake to find a little someone staring down at me and clutching her rag doll, Jenny. My husband and I would fix a bed for our daughter on the floor next to us, and she’d camp out for the rest of the night, feeling safe.  

I still cringe when I hear thunder in the night. When lightning flashes and thunder rumbles the entire house, my heart beats faster. I’m wide awake until the last sound of thunder fades into the distance. As an adult, my daughter loves thunderstorms. In fact, she looks forward to them. It must be because of the safe haven we provided her when she was young. Of course, she still has her Jenny doll to keep her safe.     

I say rain is fine in moderation. It’s Mother Nature doing her work. But enough of these wicked thunderstorms!

Some books to shake, rattle, and rumble you.

Picture Books:  Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco (Puffin, 1997), How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be by Beatrice Harrell and illustrated by Susan L. Roth (Dial, 1995), The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham (HarperCollins, 1989) 

Nonfiction Picture Books:  Rumble, Boom! A Book about Thunderstorms  by Rick Thomas and illustrated by Denise Shea (Picture Window Books, 2006), Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley and illustrated by True Kelley (Collins, 1999)

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

August 10, 2010

Geniuses are like thunderstorms. They go against the wind, terrify people, cleanse the air. ─ Soren Kierkegaard

For the past few nights we’ve been flashed, crashed, and poured upon. That crack of thunder that wakes me from a deep sleep is unsettling. I’m not one for fierce rainstorms–especially when there’s lots of lightning.

When my daughter was small, she felt the same way. After the first loud boom, she would appear in our bedroom, clutching her stuffed Jenny doll with a look of fear in her eyes. We’d make a little bed for her on the floor next to us and tuck her in tightly. Then we’d watch the lightning light up the room and listen to the thunder until it finally faded away. For years, that was our thunderstorm ritual. Then one stormy night she didn’t appear. I found her sleeping soundly in her room, holding her Jenny doll. I went back to our bedroom where my husband was snoring, and I was left to watch the lightning and wait for the thunder to disappear all by myself.        

Young and old sometimes need reassurance during noisy thunderstorms. I have two books I like to share when this happens. One is The Storm Book in which a boy and his mother talk about the storm as it passes over country, city, and seashore. At the end, there is a delightful surprise. It’s a Caldecott Honor book written by Charlotte Zolotow and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham. The other book is Thunder Cake written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco. In this story, Grandma helps her granddaughter conquer her fear of the coming storm by having her gather ingredients to bake a cake.

There is also another book about a rainstorm which I haven’t had a chance to read yet. It’s called Waiting Out the Storm by JoAnn Early Macken and illustrated by Susan Gaber. It received a starred review from Booklist, and I’m betting it’s a winner.

My daughter is no longer afraid of thunderstorms. In fact, she loves them. When I asked her why, she said, “You feel the force of nature. It’s the anticipation and excitement of what that storm will bring. It’s always different…”

The next time we have one of those fierce thunderstorms I’m calling her to tuck me in tightly and stay with me until the thunder fades away.


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