Title: Like a Windy Day
Author/Illustrator: Frank Asch & Devin Asch
Publisher/Date: Harcourt, Inc./ 2002
Genre/Audience: Fiction/Ages 3+
Themes: wind, imagination, play
Opening: "I want to play like a windy day."
Synopsis: From School Library Journal - "In a poetic text, a girl
imagines herself doing all of the things that the wind can do. The brief story
is filled with action verbs as the child follows the personified wind through
the countryside, into town, and along the beach and riverside. The exciting
pen-and-ink illustrations were colorized in Adobe Photoshop. Broad and sweeping
spreads are filled with movement as the child tumbles, races, and flies until
she settles at the end "like a gentle breeze."
Why I Love This Book: It is spring and, boy, can it be windy! I love this text for all the read-alouds and weather units it could be incorporated into. Not to mention the fabulous illustrations that portray the wind as an adventurous (and sometimes mischievous) playmate. The first line, "I want to play like a windy day", is repeated throughout the book, adding different details each time, incorporating all the things that wind can do.
Make this book a dance! http://mariasmovers.com/2011/05/30/like-a-windy-day-dance/
Check out the author's website: http://www.frankasch.com/home.html
Make a pinwheel: http://littlepageturners.blogspot.com/2010/04/like-windy-day.html
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