Waiting Out the Storm (Hardcover)

By Joann Early Macken, Susan Gaber (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763633783, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

List Price: 15.99*
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A gentle, joyous tale for children everywhere who seek comfort during a
storm — and parents who share with them a sense of nature’s wonders. (Ages 4-7)

"Yes, Buttercup?"
"What’s that I hear?"

Wind whistles in the treetops, thunder rumbles, and lightning flashes and dashes between raindrops. Snug inside, a mother and child listen, watch, and wonder what the animals will do during the storm. Paired with beautiful illustrations evoking the moods and mysteries of the natural world, this lyrical call-and-response text is a lullaby to stormy weather — and to the warmth and safety of home.

About the Author

JoAnn Early Macken is the author of many books for children. About this book, she says, "When a storm strikes, we all long to hear a reassuring voice and feel a comforting touch. Susan Gaber’s illustrations capture the kind of safe haven I wish every child (and chipmunk and chickadee) could enjoy." JoAnn Early Macken lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

Susan Gaber is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root. She says, "I’m inspired and held in awe by how this graceful story takes on fear, love, and compassion all in a simple and familiar situation." She lives in Huntington, New York.

Praise For Waiting Out the Storm

Lovely to look at and pleasing to listen to, this is just right for reading aloud on a rainy day.
—Booklist (starred review)