by Tim McCanna; illus. by Richard Smythe
32 pages; ages 4-8
Simon & Schuster, 2017
pitter patter pat …
A rainstorm moves in as a fox trots through a marsh. As the storm builds, fox looks for a safe place to shelter.
What I love about this book: The language. Reading the words aloud is like listening to a rainstorm. Whish! Hiss! Whoosh…. The illustrations are stunning, and capture the storm from all angles, including from above.
You can feel the energy of the leaves whirling in the wind! I love the beat of the words, and the way they are grouped on the pages. At first the words are soft, few on the page, but as the storm intensifies the words become rougher, more intense, louder.
I also love that there is back matter: notes about ecosystems, watersheds, and the importance of water to plants and animals. The story itself doesn’t explain the water cycle or ecology of a marsh, but we see it. Notes add some context that an older reader can share with a youngster.
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