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Flora's Very Windy Day (edition 2013)

by Jeanne Birdsall, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)

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Title:Flora's Very Windy Day
Authors:Jeanne Birdsall
Other authors:Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
Info:Sandpiper (2013), Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library, QL, Atticus Books
Tags:Atticus, picture book, children, childrens story, QL, sibling rivalry

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Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall



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This book is about a little girl Flora who goes outside with her brother Crispin on a very windy day, and they both get carried off by the wind. Through their adventures being blown by the wind, Flora realizes that she cares more about her brother than she thought she did. The moral of this story is great for young children with siblings, because it exposes the fact that it's ok to not like one's siblings sometimes. However, at the end of the day, siblings love each other. The illustrations in this book go hand in hand with the wind theme, as they seem to be water colored, and very wispy looking. The characters' faces in the book are not very detailed, and only have a couple dots for eyes and a line for a nose.
  kaitfenton | Jan 27, 2016 |
This is the story of Flora and her little baby brother. They go out to play in the wind but her brother does not have special books like Flora and he ends up being swept away by the wind, Flora has to spread her coat and catch the wind to go save him. They go flying through the sky on an adventure. ( )
  Emilysill | Nov 27, 2015 |
FLORA'S VERY WINDY DAY is a fictional book that has a cute story about a little girl and her brother not getting along. At first. Flora, the older sister was annoyed with her brother for always ruining her stuff. Like spilling her paint all over her picture. The mom seems to be in a bad mood and is frustrated with Flora and Chrispin always fighting and nagging on each other. THey are both then sent outside to play. It is a very windy day and to keep Flora on the ground she has super-special heavy-duty red boots, but her brother only has regular purple boots. She lets the wind know this and he then wisps Chrispin right off his feet and away he goes. Flora takes off her boots to float after him. Along the way many ask her if they can have her little brother for various tasks, such as the rainbow to protect the gold, the sparrow to sit on his eggs. After when the sister finally asked if the wind would let them go them go home. The wind replied not until we find the perfect spot for Chrispin. After all you don't want him any more. The sister then realized she did have a use for him and loved him. The wind finally allowed them to go home together. This book is an elementary children's book that allows students to use their imagination and sees the exaggeration that can happens in the child's minds. The pictures in this book are very simple but also detailed. They use a mix of outlining and painting. The pictures I believe really add meaning to the story of how the wind curves as well as showing the child's' mind going in different ways. This book could be used to teach exaggeration in a classroom setting. I could read the book to the classroom and then discuss what exaggeration, and then see if they could pick out the different places where exaggeration is used. ( )
  CSpear25 | Oct 24, 2015 |
38 months - O didn't have much to say about this one even after three or four reads and I have to agree... I wasn't wow'd but didn't dislike it either. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
Ran across this in the library, big fan of Penderwicks, had to pick it up. Right off the bat - I love that picture books nowadays start the story early; it's a little reward for paying attention. In this case, start no later than the copyright page to appreciate Phelan's invaluable contribution to Birdsall's text.

Oh goodness. Marvelous. Look at the expressions on the children's faces. Empathize with the mom, and with the big sister. Let your imagination soar on the adventure. Read the rhythmic text and enjoy the love night after night after night as part of your bed-time ritual. Perfect.

For some reason it reminds me of [b:We're Going on a Bear Hunt|201126|We're Going on a Bear Hunt|Michael Rosen|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1172635267s/201126.jpg|1974395], but whereas that book is exciting and best shared at the beginning of playtime day after day after day, this one is more comforting with a quieter ending. It also reminds me of [b:Moon Tiger|2166771|Moon Tiger|Phyllis Root|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266599098s/2166771.jpg|125233] which was more mystical, otherworldly. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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When Flora and her pesky little brother, Crispin, are whisked away by a swirling and swooping wind, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to give her brother away. With tempting offers from a dragonfly, the man in the moon, and even the wind itself, she will find it difficult to choose. But Flora would do anything to get rid of Crispin, wouldn't she?

Jeanne Birdsall's utterly charming picture book debut takes flight in Matt Phelan's twisting, twirling watercolors, brimming with wit and whimsy.

Amazon Exclusive: Sketches by Matt Phelan, Illustrator of Flora's Very Windy Day
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An early pencil sketch of Flora in one of her many moods An early pencil sketch of Crispin being blown by the wind

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When a big wind blows her annoying little brother away, Flora decides to save him despite the many tempting offers she gets for him from, among others, a cloud, an eagle, the man in the moon, and the wind itself.

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