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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Book Review: When the Wind Blew by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes

This small (4x6) picture book was a favorite from my childhood. Written by the beloved author of Goodnight Moon, it is a very simple story of a smiling little old lady and her seventeen cats and one blue-grey kitten. She lives alone out by the ocean and takes care of her cats. One day she gets a terrible toothache. There’s a bad storm out and she wishes she had a hot water bottle but she doesn’t have one. As she tries to sleep, the blue-grey kitten curls up on her jaw just where her toothache is, and finally she can get to sleep. The simple story is complimented by the adorable illustrations of a chubby, smiley white-haired woman and the many, many cats. As alone as she is, she doesn’t seem at all sad or lonely. In some ways she does epitomize the stereotype of a “cat lady”, but she seems so cheerful and contented in her self-sufficient life. Sadly, this sweet book is out of print but I recently suggested to HarperCollins that this is one they might want to consider bringing back to life.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

4 comments:

Amy said...

I love MWB...Her books are so simple and soothing! I love the Big Red Barn, and Goodnight Moon too. I will have to hunt for this one.
Do you like Dahlov Ipcar? Her book The Cat at Night is lovely...

Julie P. said...

I wasn't familiar with this book. I think it would be great if it were brought back!

Carin said...

Amy I am not familiar with that author but that Cat at Night book has a great cover! So glad to see books getting rereleased. I'm going to have to look for it.

MysticalChicken said...

Aaah, I loved this book as a kid! (I'm currently searching for favorite childhood/nostalgic books on Google) Didn't have any of her other ones though.