Illustrated by Miki Sato
Published by Pajama Press
*2022 CCBC 'Best Books for Kids and Teens' selection*
*2021 CBC Books “41 Canadian Picture books to watch in fall 2021” selection*
*2021 Northern Lights Book Award: Board Book Category Winner*
For preschoolers, windy fall days mean excitement and play. Strong winds stimulate children and their surroundings, as though an invisible hand is shaking the world. Gentler breezes help plants scatter their seeds, set pinwheels in motion, and keep kite strings taut. But fiercer winds begin to sting the cheeks as they bring about a new season…
In Windy Days, author Deborah Kerbel once again captures the magic of early childhood awe and wonder with rhyming couplets as light as a breath of fresh air. Illustrator Miki Sato's unique tactile collage art pops off the page through its detailed use of hand-stitching and textural materials.
“Kerbel follows the wind through the seasons, setting scenes with strong descriptive language in two-line verses… filled with movement and joy. A diverse cast of young children interact with the wind… in Sato’s wonderfully textured mixed-media collage illustrations that seamlessly match the scenes described… The concept of wind in all its varieties is explained simply and beautifully with just enough information for curious young readers.”
“The suggested activities and vocabulary at the end of the book will encourage readers to find their own fun, just like the children in the book…An enchanting STEM title that will ignite the investigative scientist in young children.”
—School Library Journal
“Kerbel and Sato’s energetic picture book takes a closer look at just how alive the wind can be. Bouncy, perfectly rhyming couplets capture its varying nature, from gentle and steady to swirly and gusty… elaborate, meticulous cut-paper collage artwork depicts the motion of wind in fascinating vignettes that beautifully capture its movement, featuring cheery, softly rounded kids portrayed with just as much dynamic movement as the book’s subject.”
“Delightful...joyful...whimsical...dynamic....a treat to all the senses. Preschoolers will be enchanted by this force of nature. Highly Recommended - 5/5 stars.”
“Toddlers will have fun reading about wind and autumn with this nicely illustrated, rhyming story featuring a book with a padded cover, rounded corners and thick pages.”
“This board book featuring collage art and descriptive language is a true joy.”
—The Kid Lit Mama
“Kerbel uses effective, rhythmic vocabulary to give her readers a real sense of the movement, power, and joy that wind provides. Miki Sato’s gorgeous, mixed-media collage artwork perfectly matches the text and provides a glorious feeling of constant motion.”
“Not only a lovely, gentle way to introduce concepts of weather to a young audience/young readers, but also, quite simply, a genuinely beautiful and clear rhyming story that gorgeously captures the childhood wonder in experiencing the natural world."
“This book just rolls off your tongue making it perfect to share as a read aloud with a big group of children. Readers will then be inspired to get outside and discover all of the things they can do in the wind.”
“When a picture book, a two-dimensional source, can evoke weather such that the reader feels the bite of the wind or the slash of the briskness of leaves against skin, it’s doing something terrific. I may be able to feel the wind by just stepping outside right now but I’d much rather experience it through the text and paper collage of Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato‘s latest collaboration.”
—CanLit for Little Canadians
“Rhythm, rhyme and alliteration make this an attractive toddler read….Bonus activities and information at the story’s end will especially appeal to parents and caregivers.”
“Charming...fun...a joy to read, and one that will be revisited often by young readers.”
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