10/14/14

The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LeVar Burton

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
As an early childhood educator, I'm very familiar with LeVar Burton and have watched many Reading Rainbow episodes on PBS. In fact, I've always wished someday he'd read one of the two children's books I've written! When I was asked to review his new book "The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm" I was honored.
I knew before even opening the book that I would love it. LeVar Burton is a masterful author, telling children's stories in a way that truly makes books come alive. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm is about Mica Mouse, whose fear of storms is rooted in previously losing her home to a bad storm. Mica's father reads her a "book within the book" about a blue rhinoceros who needed to find comfort from a storm.
The blue rhino learns to make it through the storm with friends, helpers, and love. He learns that "feeling the feelings" is a part of healing. This beautiful story gave me goosebumps as I thought of all the children who have had to deal with loss of home and family in storms, such as Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Andrew. It's truly a treasure to add to your home library. The illustrations are incredible and the rhyming sentences will easily engage young readers. In fact, I'm such a fan that I can't read it without hearing LeVar Burton's voice reading it aloud!
It's a wonderful book for classrooms and libraries as well, especially since LeVar takes the extra step to add discussion questions to the end of the book. Talking about stories after reading them is often the catalyst to helping a child relate to the story and open up about their own experiences. I give this book a solid five-star rating!
by LeVar Burton (Author), Susan Schaefer Bernardo (Author), 
Courtenay Fletcher (Illustrator)

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9 comments:

  1. This looks like a book I'd love to read. LeVar Burton certainly has years of experience concerning books!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. LeVar Burton has always been a leader in furthering reading among children. This books would be great to read with my grandchildren.

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  3. This looks like such an adorable story! I would love to read it to my daughter!

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  4. how cute my kids would enjoy reading it

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  5. This would be a great book to read to my grandson. Sounds like a nice story for sure!!

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  6. This is a nice bedtime book. My daughters will like it. :)

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  7. I kept all of my daughter's books for my son, but he doesn't like them. He would much prefer a book like this!! It's adorable and the story is really engaging.
    Dede

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  8. Our Granddaughters would all enjoy this book. Of that I am quite certain! The illustrations look wonderful as well!

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