Thursday, November 15, 2018

"The West Wind" - a bookwrap

West wind. A west wind is a wind that blows from the west, in an eastward direction. In European tradition, it has usually been considered the mildest and most favourable of the directional winds. - wikipedia


"The West Wind"

Authored by Duncan Tamsett
Illustrated by Trevor Salter

* Ages: 1-7
* Grade Level:  PS+
* Paperback: 28 pages
* Publisher: Inverlorien Publishing
* Pub. Date: August 17, 2018
* Language: English

Unwrapping some great illustrations for you to enjoy

Unravelling the story

This is the debut book from the "Tales from the Four Winds" series - stories for all ages.  Other titles to follow are The North Wind, The East Wind, and The South Wind.  

One autumnal morning a small girl named Shona, and her baby brother, Arran are enjoying a playtime together.  They decide it would be lovely to take their parents out for a walk.  The duo bundle up and are strapped snuggly into their push buggy ready to get a breath of fresh air.  What they experience is not a calm, refreshing breath of air but an invasive, in-your-face assault on their faces,  courtesy of the mischievous and very arrogant West Wind.  He targets the children and bullies them several more times with his powerful gusts shouting "WHOOSH" at a the top of his voice. Oh my!

Shona has finally had enough...." If you don't stop your blowing, I will tell the East Wind on you!"  Her ardent threats do not deter him from performing even more of his dastardly deeds.  She  bravely warns The West Wind that she will call forth the South Wind and finally the mighty North Wind.  They surely will overpower him and force him to disappear into thin air.  Will any of the other Winds be able to stop this smug, maniacal West Wind from playing  mean tricks on the children and allow them the peaceful walk they so deserve?  

The illustrations enrich the text greatly and are full of expression and activity.  This book is a wonderful opportunity to discuss how to handle people who encroach upon your personal space and what to do if you are being bullied.  It's interesting to note that the parents did not take charge but they let Shona problem-solve to rectify the situation on her own.  It will be great to read the other books in the series.  I'm sure they will blow us away! 

Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS!!!!

About the illustrator

About Trevor Salter

Trevor Salter was born in Ramsgate, Kent, England. In 1969 his family migrated to Australia and have lived there ever since. In his schooling years he would constantly stretch the boundaries with his unique ability to draw, often at the teacher's expense. This ability and talent enabled him to work in the artistic industry of screen printing where he quickly excelled completing his trade and also a diploma in freelance cartooning and illustration; he then studied media arts and animation.

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