When the Wind Blew

While Big Bear and Little Bear are snuggled up for the night, a wild storm rages. The bears wake up to find that the wind has knocked down all of the trees in their forest, they'll have to move. Little Bear is distraught. He loves their home! But Big Bear helps him understand that home isn't where you are, but who you're with. Author and illustrator Petra Brown's sweet, superbly rendered characters and tender story are perfect for helping little ones deal with a move or change.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey E
Lexile AD600L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level K
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585369690), PDF (9781634724081), Hosted ebook (9781634724388)
Copyright 2017
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 10 x 10
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - When the Wind Blew

In this sweet, reassuring story, Little Bear and Big Bear must move in the aftermath of a very bad storm. The wind has knocked down all of the trees and made their current home unlivable, so the bears seek a new den. Little Bear notices his surroundings and the beauty of nature, asking questions along the way, as most little ones do. Big Bear soothes and protects the cub until they reach their destination. As they settle down in their new den after a long, adventurous day, Little Bear revels in the comfort and warmth that Big Bear provides. He tells Big Bear, “When I’m with you, wherever we are, I feel I’m at home. VERDICT With its lovely and meaningful illustrations, this book makes a perfect lap read to be cherished by caregivers and their children. A general purchase for any primary collection.

Kirkus Reviews - When the Wind Blew

A young bear cub learns what truly makes a home.Big Bear and Little Bear wake up one morning to find that a storm has knocked down all of the trees outside their den. Little Bear peers cautiously around. All he can see are broken limbs and ragged stumps. He doesn’t understand. What has the wind done? Big Bear’s optimism shines through: “Well, we won’t have to climb for honey or fruit today!” As they plod through the forest, they see evidence of destruction all around. Because of the fallen trees, the birds will have to find new homes. Big Bear says that they will have to move, too. But Little Bear doesn’t want to leave his home. Luckily, the cliffs have protected the trees in the valley. Big Bear and Little Bear slowly make their way to the forest floor, where they find a new, cozy den. Big Bear (never gendered) is sweet and loving, patiently answering Little Bear’s questions and calming his fears throughout the journey. This ursine story, refreshingly, has nothing to do with hibernation yet is still true to a bear’s experience—and has not a few parallels to the experiences of humans affected by natural disaster. Gently shows how forest devastation (even when due to natural causes) affects many creatures large and small.

Author, Illustrator: Petra Brown

Petra Brown has been a children's book illustrator since 2006 when her first picture book If Big Can...I Can, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards for Best Emerging Illustrator. Since then she has been illustrating for a range of publishers in the United Kingdom and abroad. Petra comments, "I love drawing animals with human expressions. I find it such fun creating, for example, a thoughtful fox, a happy hippo, a shy sheep, or a caring bear! The other thing I like is creating landscapes, places where my characters can run about and have adventures. Living in a magnificent place like Snowdonia helps a great deal." Petra lives with her partner in Wales.

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