Review: Windblown


by Edouard Manceau

Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indibound

Published: Owlkids Books (April 9, 2013)

Recommended reading age: 2 & up

In a nutshell: One of my primary goals when selecting storytime books for library storytime is to find books that will inspire creativity, and which can also serve as an excuse for infusing art education into reading. Windblown by Edouard Manceau does just that by prompting shape recognition and collage work at the very basic level.

The story starts with the appearance of a single scrap of paper and a grey circle. With each turn of the page, more shapes appear. The narrator (the wind) asks, “Where did they come from? Whose are they?” Turn the page and a chicken claims them, taking form using the various shapes. Turn the page again and a fish, also illustrated with the shapes, claims they are his. And so with each page turn, different animals appear claiming the tiny scraps of paper as their own. That is until the wind quiets them by blowing the pieces as hard as it can back into a scattered array they were before leaving the reader to make of them what he or she will.

Pretty cool, right? On the back jacketflap of the book there is a web address where the reader can download the shapes featured in the book, giving the reader a chance to answer the wind’s final question, “They’re yours now too. What will you do?” Windblown works as an excellent read-aloud whether it’s with one child or fifty, in a school or library, or at home. Kids will gravitate to the simple, unique format and the way in which the wind addresses the reader, prodding them to make their own creations. It’s a book that doesn’t just end with the story. It opens the door to creativity, play, and art.

Don’t take my word for it: “On its own, Windblown is pretty good. It reaches its full potential, however, when the concept of the book is translated in real life. I hope that happens often. Get your scissors.” -Review from 100 Scope Notes

Extras: Download this free printable activity from the OwlKids website to construct your very own Windblown creatures.

Stay tuned for my next blog post– I incorporated Windblown into library storytime last Sunday and used this activity as the post-storytime craft. The kids loved it!


2 Responses to “Review: Windblown”

  1. Jenna says:

    Oh, this looks fun!


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