How the Ladies Stopped the Wind

How the Ladies Stopped the Wind Cover

How the Ladies Stopped the Wind

By Bruce McMillan; Gunnella (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780618773305, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2007


Iceland is a very windy place.Going for a walk can be challenging. The ladies in one village, with the help of the chickens, set out to stop the wind. But the hungry sheep have other plans. Why aren’t there any trees in the Icelandic countryside? This original tale will tell you why and leave you smiling at the determination of the ever singing Icelandic ladies and their steadfast chickens.

About the Author
Bruce McMillan has written and illustrated more children s books set in Iceland than any other United States author. Going Fishing is his sixth to be set there, and his forty-third overall. He often summers in Iceland, though he lives in Shapleigh, Maine. Bruce holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Maine and has received numerous awards and honors for his children s books.

Gunnella lives and works in a small town only minutes west of ReykjavÌk. She paints pictures from the photo album in her mind, pictures that she has collected from her memories of people who lived in the north of the country. Gunnella has been told that her paintings show that women can do whatever they want—she likes that.

Praise For How the Ladies Stopped the Wind

The homey tale combined with...folksy, funny illustrations makes for an extremely winning combination. Gunnella is especially talented athumor and quirky chracterization...
--Kirkus 9/1/07 Kirkus Reviews

"McMillan's second as charming as his first...The folk-art pictures...match the lively folk-tale tone..." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA

"Pait this original tale with other porquoi tales for a storytime that explores why things are the way they are." The Bulletin October 2007 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[T]his book will be useful not only for storytimes, but also in classroom units on ecology." SLJ Jan 2007 School Library Journal

"Having successfully solved The Problem With their first collaboration, the creators delier another amusingly unconventional tale." The Horn Book Horn Book