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Reading Rainbow disappeared for a bit, but thanks to a super successful Kickstarter campaign it is back! One of the great people behind the project is LaVar Burton.
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Mr. Burton along with Susan Schaefer Bernado have written a brand-new book called The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. It’s the story of a little mouse who is frightened by the loud thunder outside. Her papa reads her a story of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this tale a rhino is confused and upset about a storm that has taken away everything that he loves. He swallows the storm which makes him feel worse. Rhino sets out on a healing journey. Along the way he meets friends who help him let go of the storm. Rhino learns to see the light and good in the world even when it can be dark and stormy. Little mouse is comforted by the story and learns that even when scary things happen that there are always good people who care and will help.
I love to keep a basket full of books that deal with special situations or different feelings and emotions that young children may encounter during the early years. This is another one that I will be adding to my library.
The book is recommended for ages 5-7. I would agree with this. Though the illustrations will appeal to a younger crowd, the text is a bit long and deep. I think the book could easily be used with children older than 7.
The Preschool Toolbox also reviewed The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. Check out their opinion too.