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2010 Award
Waiting Out the Storm
( by JoAnn Early Macken/ illus. Susan Gaber, Candlewick $15.99 Score: )

So many children share a fear of windy summer storms with the loud sounds of thunder and lightening crackling and booming. This slowly paced picture book addresses those fears with lyrical verse and a soothing calmness as the mother explains what is happening. Though the two of them find shelter in their home, mother explains where the animals go when it storms. It is really a tone poem--told through a gentle dialogue between parent and child. Macken and Gaber, through word and art have created a mood piece in misty scenes that should give the girl in the story (and young listeners,too) a snug sense of security. 4-7.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on

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