Storm in the Night
Author(s): Mary Stolz
Storm in the night—lights flicker out, rain streams down the windows... This could be a moment to be scared, but Thomas and his grandfather huddle with Ringo the cat on their porch and share stories in the darkness. This lovely picture book is also a strong choice to share about overcoming fears.
Too early to go to bed, and with only flashes of lightning to see by, Thomas and his grandfather happily find themselves rediscovering the half-forgotten scents and sounds of their world. They have a wonderful time learning important new things about each other in a spirited conversation.
Mary Stolz and Pat Cummings have each brought their unique talents to this lyrical tale about a magical, stormy night and a special relationship between grandfather and grandson. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Storm in the night.
Thunder like mountains blowing up.
Lightning licking the navy-blue sky.
Rain streaming down the windows,
babbling in the downspouts.
And Grandfather? . . .
And Thomas? . . .
And Ringo, the cat?
They were in the dark.
"Thomas, a young child, and his grandfather are alone one stormy night when the lights go off. Thomas says he is not afraid but when he asks for a story, Grandfather tells about a time when he was very scared indeed. With striking artwork and words as mesmerizing as the art, this story about the nature of fear and human nature is wonderful."
Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), IRA/CBC Teachers' Choice, Coretta Scott King Honor (Illustrator), ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice