Windy Days

Pajama. Oct. 2021. 24p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781772782172.
PreS-K–As readers have come to expect from Kerbel, rhyming text and beautiful, textured cutout collage illustrations drive this book about the wonders of windy days throughout the seasons. A cast of children of many races and skin colors marvel at the power of the wind, benefit from the power it gives, and joyfully participate in wind play. The wind, cleverly depicted as a variety of curved, straight, and “curly cued” lines, create movement throughout the pages in tandem with the weather event/season illustrated. In addition, the inclusion of various types of clouds throughout the spreads establishes the relationship among the wind, cloud movement, and weather changes. Sato’s use of various textures creates a three-dimensional, tactile vibe that is sure to pique and sustain the interest of children. The suggested activities and vocabulary at the end of the book will encourage readers to find their own fun, just like the children in the book, and will stimulate further conversations about the weather.
VERDICT An enchanting STEM title that will ignite the investigative scientist in young children.

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