By Author / Illustrator
Thomas Hegbrook, Sasha Quinton
Little Tiger Press Group
Life doesn't always go smoothly. Sometimes, the wind may blow, but remember: you can do hard things. This gorgeous picture book puts into words every parent's wish for their child as they face life's challenges. With peek-through pages and a gentle, lyrical text, this is a book to share and treasure.
The Wind May Blow by Sasha Quinton and Thomas Hegbrook is a book that every parent should read to their child. Its pages are reminiscent of The Hungry Caterpillar - with its little cuts out, the illustrations are vivid and colourful and the front cover alone is one of the most beautiful covers I've seen in a long time. The beauty of this book lies in the text and it's a book I wish I had available when my children were born. The story is told from an adult's point of view where the child is informed of the day when they were born - where 'the sun rose and kissed your toes.' It continues where the child is told that as he grows, life may not all be sunny and joyful.
The book provides words of wisdom for the audience, it reminds us that when the wind blows and things aren't going our way, be still, know that you have the strength to overcome adversity, know that you have everything you need to make it through the storm. But like every storm, it must pass, and each day is a new beginning. This book will be a wonderful addition to my classroom as there are lots of discussions that can be had about perseverance and resilience. I feel that it could not be a more perfectly timed book especially with all of the issues children may have had to endure over lockdown. This will definitely become a firm favourite of mine.
36 pages / Reviewed by Emma Nelson
Suggested Reading Age 5+
The Wind May Blow is a beautiful book about resilience. It advises a child that as soon as they are born they will experience happiness through their life but also some stormy weather. This usually does not last long and the wind and the storm will give way to sunshine again. The text is simple and clear and the design of the book includes clever cut-out sections to highlight key words from the previous page, drawing them into the text on the next page. The illustrations are bright and bold and the 'everyman' design of the child makes this story relevant to every child. The book would be perfect to read with an anxious child, a comforting bedtime read or as an assembly text to stimulate discussion and reflection on managing worries and being brave.
36 pages / Reviewed by Wendy Kelly
Suggested Reading Age 5+
The Wind May Blow is the most beautifully written and illustrated book that I have read in a long time. It has a clear message which is directly relevant for the times that we currently find ourselves in. The few words have been chosen with huge care and precision to ensure that the thought provoking theme gently develops.
Life doesn't always go smoothly. Sometimes, the wind may blow, but remember: you can do hard things. Peek-through pages create a playful feel with the beautiful colours and images chosen. This book would be the perfect to start conversations in PSHME about mental health or to be used in a 1:1 situation with a child who is finding that life does not always go smoothly. It would also be a perfect addition to a lending library for parents to read to their children. The authors have put into words every parent's wish for their child as they face life's challenges.
This book will be shared and treasured by a huge number of schools and households for years to come.
Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+