Windy Days by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Miki Sato. Pajama Press, 2021. 9781772782172
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Board book
Genre: Realistic fiction/science
What did you like about the book? Rhyming couplets describe the sensory experience of wind through the seasons. Kids with various skin tones examine milkweed seeds, fly kites and manage a blown-away umbrella. The heavy duty pages are not quite board book weight, but seem very sturdy. It’s nice to see STEM activities listed at the end which can reinforce the understanding of the science, including names for different kinds of clouds. It’s a perfect title for a science unit on weather.
The art is collage with paper, textiles and embroidery silk. The composition and vibrant colors lend themselves nicely to reading aloud to a class. A great addition to story time or classroom study of weather for the preschool and kindergarten set.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 3-5, especially fans of the other books in the series: Snow Days and Sunny Days.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? It’s kind of a cross between a board book and a picture book, but I would shelve it in board books.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near the top
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 12, 2021