Over the course of a week, the wind plays havoc all around Annabelle's farm.
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Annabelle the farm girl knows something strange has blown into town when she is awakened on Monday by the tickle of billowing bedroom curtains. Outside, it's so windy that a mouse sails by on a paper airplane, the barn's windmill stoops and "the tin roof banged like thunder." Each day brings an escalation of gusts: by Friday, the frogs can "belly-surf" on the trough, and the poor Holstein is stripped of her spots. Finally, the wind exits only to be replaced by a downpour so prodigious that the farm animals get outfitted in raingear. In her first children's book, Huntington writes with the homespun exaggeration of a tall tale: "On Wednesday, it was so windy,/ carrots and turnips twisted out of the garden beds,/ and the corn picked itself." (Throughout, the typography looks a little wind-tossed, too.) The light, elegant touch and dry wit of Huntington's double-spread watercolors make it possible to believe that anything is capable of being airborne even a passel of plump farm cats. This tale shares a premise with Phyllis Root and Helen Craig's One Windy Wednesday (1997), but Huntington's originality is never in doubt. Ages 3-6.
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Ages 3-6. This feel-good picture book progresses through the days of the week as Annabelle and her farm friends cope with a fierce wind. "One Monday on Annabelle's farm, it was so windy, the tin roof banged like thunder." A scene of curtains blowing and a young girl awakening seems ordinary--except for the mouse flying toward the bedroom window on a paper airplane. Huntington's metaphors and illustrations then become more far-fetched. "On Tuesday morning it was so windy, all the hens' feathers turned inside out." On the accompanying spread, children will see hens trying to regain their balance and keep their bloomers covered. The strong winds affect all the animals, with Huntington's warm watercolors depicting realistic animals in fantastic predicaments (frogs that belly-surf and cows that lose their spots, etc.). The front endpapers show chicken feathers floating through the air; the back ones feature chickens under umbrellas. Children will enjoy finding the mouse in every spread and imagining what the next day has in store. Kathy Broderick
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