G. Brian Karas The Windy Day

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The Windy Day

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H-o-o-o-o Hummmm. It's another pleasant day in a quiet town, until a blustery gust whooshes in and causes quite a stir! As the townfolk lament the whirling wedding cakes, airborne alarm clocks, and bouncing bananas, one little boy thinks to greet this wonderful wind and gets a taste of how wide and exciting the world can be. Award-winning illustrator G. Brian Karas wreaks magnificient havoc in this wise story of routine turned upside down.

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Karas (Home on the Bayou) foreshadows the imminent arrival of the wind in a "tidy town" right from the dedication page, where newspapers fly, heads are unhatted and a girl chases after her jump rope. The story opens as a curl of wind looms large over the earth then hits an orderly community hard. Karas fashions a simple village of a bakery, flower shop, school, a factory with double smoke stacks and an array of boxy homes with pointy rooftops. A little boy starts his day in a neutral brown, navy blue and cream-colored bedroom with a perfectly made bed and a bureau filled with primly stacked shirts, then heads to school. But the wind interrupts his regimented routine. With the bluster's arrival, Karas introduces purple, gold and scarlet into his palette; the carefully aligned buildings now bob on the horizon like so many harborless ships. The type, too, whirls and swirls across the page. But while pandemonium strikes the villagers, the boy seizes the moment, inhaling "the breath of long-ago kings and queens" as Karas adjusts his style to one brimming with medieval images of castle turrets and crowned heads. His illustrations link past and present, characterizing the wind as a timeless force to be reckoned with, as well as a fleeting glimmer of nature's power. Readers will likely feel they've been carried away on a journeyAand may see the next gusty breeze quite differentlyAafter experiencing Karas's fitting homage to a natural wonder. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3AWhen a wind sweeps through a tidy town, upturning its "ho humness," one boy notices not the havoc it creates, but the wind itself. He breathes in all the places and times the wind has been, and sends his own name with it as it travels on into someone else's afternoon. Karas's quiet, simple text is carried by his whimsical and exuberant illustrations. Scenes of the tidy town begin in neat, straight pencil drawings on beige paper. The wind brings in color (gouache and acrylic paints), movement, tilting perspective, and general excitement. Sidelights of the tidy town's occupants and their comments create a good variation of pace. The book is a well-conceived whole from its title page verso to the textured paper used in the illustrations that communicate the thrill and wonder of a windy day. As a quick read-aloud or favorite lap book, this is certain to be a pleaser.ANina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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