Hear the Wind Blow by Doe Boyle, illustrated by by Emily Paik

 Hear the Wind Blow by Doe Boyle, illustrated by by Emily Paik, Albert Whitman and Company, 2021

Format: ARC paperback

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

Genre: Realistic fiction

What did you like about the book? A tale of the wind, told in beautiful poetic language, begins at dawn with just a hint of a breeze, whirls through a hurricane, and ends in stillness. You can feel the change throughout the book, building, building, until the winds are thrashing, but the family is cozy inside. The cleverness of the poetry stanzas are found in the author’s note at the end. “Each stanza represents, in order, one of  the thirteen categories of the Beaufort wind force scale, from 0-12“. She goes on to describe what the scale is, its history, and the science of wind. The following pages include a comprehensive graph of the Beaufort Wind Force Scale, a glossary, and suggested reading! The illustrations are fairly simple, but you can sense the movement of the wind, sun, and rain. As someone who lives on the coast, this book perfectly captures windy weather both in verse and illustration.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? Great for a weather unit, story hour, or someone visiting the coast.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, preschools, elementary schools

Where would you shelve it? Picture 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: Lindsey Hughes, Marstons Mills Public Library, Marstons Mills, MA

Date of review: 3/26/2021

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