A little girl wants to be as dynamic as the wind, and we see the fun things to know about wind.
A young girl notices how the wind zooms down hillsides, races through streets, and scatters seeds. It helps birds, butterflies and baby spiders soar. It snaps sheets and flags, drives rain and sailboats and more. "I want to play like a windy day." she thinks. Asch's bright illustrations mix depth and two dimensional objects in a way some may find surreal. He successfully makes the wind seem like a mischievous little girl, entertaining and benevolent.
Asch encourages children to appreciate several interesting ways the Sun affects our lives.
In verse that matches the appropriate illustrations, we can see from a child's bed, "It comes to my window and wakes me up." Later, seeing the evening moon, "Even in the night, it sends some light to keep me company." The sun's 'absence' during a pelting rain is well selected. From this starting point, parents can show their children other ways to appreciate the sun.
Several dinosaurs are listed, in un-inspiring rhyme and illustration.
This great idea for a book is handicapped by poor execution. The examples of dinosaurs are well chosen, and the essential descriptions are appropriate and more informative than the Berenstain's After the Dinosaurs (on early Mammals). Unfortunately the rhythm of the rhymes is irregular and broken –hard to manage even for an adult. The cartoonish illustrations are uninspiring.