Friday, December 11, 2015

Margo's Musings: Flora's Very Windy Day

I was blown away by the book that caught Margo's attention. Ever since we got back from the Connecticut Children’s Book Fair she keeps asking for Flora’s Very Windy Day written by Jeanne Birdsall and illustrated Matt Phelan. With the leaves that have been whipping through our yard last month, it's the perfect read. We love to bundle under the covers and read about the chilly air blowing Flora and her brother around. The illustrations are beautiful and they are the perfect match for the story. They will delight fans of autumn with the colors that float off the pages. You will want to jump in a big pile of leaves after this one or maybe you'll cozy up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate.


Have you ever been frustrated by a brother or sister and wanted to get rid of them for a little while? If so, you will be able to relate to Flora’s annoyance with her little brother, Crispin. He made a huge mess with her paints and now they have to go outside so their mom can clean up. But it is cold and windy out, and Flora is worried they will blow away. Luckily, she has super-special heavy-duty red boots, but her brother doesn’t. When he gets picked up by a gust of wind it is up to her to save him. Should Flora give her brother up to the clouds or the birds who want him to help them?  Is a rainbow a better fit for Crispin who loves to paint? What should she do with him? Reading this books makes you realize that sometimes when we get what we wished for it makes what we truly want clearer than ever. Like Margo, you'll love with this book. I like the message within the words of the story; we love our siblings more than we know! I would recommend this book to kids, book lovers, and fans of fall of all ages. 

Happy reading! ~ F





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76 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful. A book I'm sure just about every brother/sister will relate to as how many of us haven't wanted to get rid of our sibling(s) if only for the shortest of time?

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    1. Tracy- Definitely a book people with siblings will relate to! :) ~F

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  2. That sounds so cute :) Always good to have a favorite of a child too that enjoys reading it over and over and over again :)

    betty

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    1. Betty- It is a great story and you are right- favorite books are the best! :) ~F

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  3. Sounds like a good one and a wonderful message to come through too.

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  4. careful what you wish for - a great theme for kids
    and i love fall colors!

    and good luck to the art contestants! love the samples!
    merry christmas!

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    1. Tara- Very true! I love the fall colors too.

      Can't wait to see all the drawing for the drawing contest. Sure to be fun! Merry Christmas to you, too! :) ~F

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  5. It sounds absolutely lovely. There were books in my childhood that I read (or were read to me) again and again and they are a part of me still.

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    1. Elephant's Child- I agree with you that books that we read over and over again do become part of us. :) ~F

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  6. I need to get this for my daughter, I know there are days when she wishes her brother would blow away.

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    1. I could have used this book when I was younger.. I had to younger siblings... they drove me silly at times... I did love them and I am glad we made it through all the crazy years xox

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    2. Heidi- Your daughter will definitely relate to this book then! :) ~F

      Launna- Siblings are funny that way. They drive us crazy and we love them to pieces. :) ~F

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  7. I had a little sister and a younger stepsister...as I became a teenager, I did lose patience with them, but I don't think it's quite the same as having a little brother!

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    1. Stephanie- It is funny how little siblings can be trying at times. I guess they each come with their own set of traits (some annoying, some not). :) ~F

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  8. Oh, my, this one sounds so cute. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for telling me about it.

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    1. Rosi- It is a cute read! Enjoy! :) ~F

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  9. Oh wow, I must have Flora's Very Windy Day. t sounds so adorable. (I was the youngest.) *wink* Thanks for the recommendation and great review. I'd never heard of this if you hadn't posted this.

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    1. Robyn- The story and illustrations are both adorable. As a youngest, I think you will still enjoy this one- Margo does. :) ~F

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  10. Aw, this sounds so cute. Thanks for the lovely review! It seems like a perfect book for siblings to share together.

    -Lauren

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  11. It seems like this book really does match the season that we are currently in. It's interesting that the wind is what will sweep a sibling away. I haven't heard of this idea before, so it sounds unique! And it seems like the illustrations are unique as well!

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    1. Olivia-Savannah, It was a new idea for me too. The story was sweet and the pictures are perfect for fall. :) ~F

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  12. Hi Jess - this does sound fun - but no kids or grandkids around. Though love wandering through the fallen leaves .. and the thought of Crispin disappearing into the air above - is a fun one ... can see why Margo was enchanted - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary- Isn't wandering through the fallen leaves fun. I love listening to the sound of the leaves swishing and blowing. :) ~Jess

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  13. Sounds like fun. Happy reading to you, too!

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    1. The Armchair Squid- Definitely! :) ~F

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  14. Nice pairing of book and season. It sounds like a great read.

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    1. Thanks, Kim! It is perfect for this time of year. :) ~F

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  15. I should get this for my daughter. I'm sure she's felt that way about her younger brother now and again.

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    1. Lori- I am sure she has too! :) ~F

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  16. It sounds like an adorable story with a good message. Thanks for sharing your review with us. Best wishes.

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    1. Deanie- So glad you enjoyed hearing about this one. It is a great read! :) ~F

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  17. This looks so fun! I'll have to look it up, especially for the illustrations :)

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    1. Meradeth- The illustrations are adorable. :) ~F

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  18. This book sounds really cool! I love the concept of it.

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    1. Cathy- Glad you enjoyed hearing about it! :) ~F

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  19. What a great review, it sounds such a good book with a moral in there.

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    1. Christine- Definitely a great read with an important moral. :) ~F

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  20. What an adorable cover. And the story sounds like a good one. Thanks for the great review.

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    1. Beverly- The cover is fantastic! :) ~F

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  21. that one sounds and seems adorable

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  22. Thanks for the recommendation - I send lots of books to nieces and nephews for Christmas.

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    1. This would be a perfect Christmas gift! :) ~F

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  23. This sounds like a really cute book. I would have loved it at that age.

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    1. JH= I think the story is really cute and fun for people who enjoy picture books. :) ~F

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  24. Sounds like good book for that age group. Its great for gifts.

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    1. Nas- It would make the perfect gift! :) ~F

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  25. Aww, I love children's books with great illustrations.

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    1. Sandra- Then you will love this one! :) ~F

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  26. What a charming book! I would have loved to read it to my kids when they were young.

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    1. Beth- Definitely a great one to read with young children. :) ~F

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  27. I just love the cover! Sounds like a good book.

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    1. Janet- Isn't the cover fabulous! :) ~F

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  28. An easier question might be, which of us haven't wanted to be rid of a brother a time or two? lol So glad this book has a happy ending, and puts the focus in the right place. Thanks for sharing, and happy reading!

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    1. Suzanne- You are right! I bet most people with siblings have felt exactly like Flora (more than once for sure). Thanks for visiting! :) ~F

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  29. It sounds like a much cuter version of Labyrinth in a way, as far as the message. Will have to look this up! I'm book shopping this week for all the littles in my life.

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    1. Shannon- I bet you will have a blast book shopping for all the littles. So many great books out there! :) ~F

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  30. What a cute book! Love the illustrations.

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    1. Christine- I love the illustrations too! :) ~F

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  31. How cute! I'm adding this to my TBR now!

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  32. I love Mr. Phelan's illustrations! I'll go find this one! :D

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    1. This Kid Reviews Books- Aren't the illustrations amazing! Enjoy! :) ~F

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  33. I've been wanting to read this one for ages. I actually didn't know the premise of the story with her little brother Crispin being picked up by the wind. The artwork looks so great. Matt Phelan is such a great illustrator.

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    1. Adrianna- I love the artwork. So many beautiful pictures to look at and Flora and her brother are just too cute. I hope you enjoy it when you read it. :) ~F

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  34. I love the illustrations in this book :)

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