When the Wind Came

Kids Can. Jun. 2022. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781525303395.
K-Gr 2–A young girl states over and over “I remember.” First she remembers her surroundings: her father shouting at cows, her mother pulling weeds, her baby brother whimpering. Then she remembers the wind, and how the whole family had to flee into the root cellar, only to emerge to find their home destroyed. While the family slowly begins to clean up after the storm, the girl blows soap bubbles—a small act which provides the family with a moment of much-needed laughter. Spare text is perfectly matched with simple illustrations in an emotionally resonant color palette: warm earth browns morph into menacing grays then into a spread that is completely black, save for two lines of white text (when the family is in the darkness of the root cellar); when the storm has passed, clear blues and greens and hints of red as the mother prepares a meal and the girl helps clean up. The message here is not a sugar-coated “everything will be fine,” but an honest acknowledgement of fear followed by unexpected moments of grace. Characters are all depicted with brown skin and dark hair.
VERDICT A powerful story about loss and healing told in simple text and pictures. Particularly relevant to students who have been through the trauma of any extreme event, weather or otherwise.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing