The Storm – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels

2168517  The Storm (Lighthouse Family – Volume 1) – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9780689848803, 2002

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Animal Adventure, Early Reading in a Series 

What did you like about the book? I loved the Lighthouse Family as an intentional household of helpful animals, including a cat Pandora, the dog Seabold, and three mice, Whistler, Lila & Tiny. In Volume 1, The Storm, we read of how their adventures begin, Pandora rescuing Seabold,  Seabold rescuing the three mice ,  their emotional struggles  etc. as they become a true loving family living at the Lighthouse. Pandora, the matriarch cat weaves her goodness throughout the book, helping Seabold and the mice children. Their daily lives, interactions and dialogue make for great reading and sharing, as they model and express positive family and community values. The illustrations in soft charcoal tones are tender and expressive, with great details to linger over. By the end of Volume 1, you are intimately connected to this family and look forward to their next adventure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would suggest this Lighthouse Series, Vol 1, The Storm to families and children that love adventure stories, shared together or read alone. The realistic personalities of each character and the values they portray of helping, sharing, in a community will reinforce the love of reading and the positive goals of society.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School Librarians, parents that want a good series for bed time reading to children.

Where would you shelve it ? Elementary reading books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 12/21/2016


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