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The Weather’s Bet



by
Stephen Cowan
illustrated by
Ed Young

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Philomel
ISBN
9780525513827
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Once upon the sky, there were three brothers—the Wind, the Rain, and the Sun—each claiming to be the mightier than the others. One day, the brothers came upon a shepherd girl fast asleep upon a hill, so they made a bet to see who could make her take her cap off. First the Wind, who was the oldest and could topple anything anywhere, tries to blow off her cap with a powerful gust of wind. Next is Rain, who brings the waters down and tries to soak her hat through. Last is the Sun, who shines his light and warmth on her. Who will be the strongest of them all?

Rendered in exquisite mixed-media collage, Caldecott Medalist Ed Young’s gorgeous and deeply poignant retelling of the well-known Aesop’s fable The Wind and the Sun proves that sometimes gentle persuasion and kindness are the best virtues of all.Information about the symbols used, based on seal characters of Chinese pictograms. Full-color illustrations were created with torn handmade and magazine paper.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

F

AR

3.2: points 0.5

Lexile

AD540L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Winds. Rain and rainfall. Wagers. Sun. Shepherds. Sheep. Retellings of Aesop’s fables. “The Wind and the Sun” by Aesop.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Despite how much humans feel they control the world, Wind, Rain, and Sun will always be the Earth’s primary powers. One day, Wind, Rain, and Sun observe a shepherd sleeping on a hill with her sheep. For fun, Wind bets the others that it can make her lose her cap. It tries blasting her with a gale so strong she has to hold on to keep from flying away, but her cap stays on. Next, Rain attempts to soak her hat off, but this is likewise unsuccessful. Finally, Sun emerges from behind the clouds to bathe the Earth in its warm glow, trying its hand at removing the cap. The heat of the sun finally wears the shepherd down, but she knows in her heart who the winner truly is. This retelling of “The Wind and the Sun” is both lyrical and profound, using select, spare language to tell the story. Rhyming phrases are pleasing to the ear, but the complexity of the story’s message goes deeper than the text itself. Young’s illustrations are striking, composed of paper collage and occasionally shifting orientation to add to their dynamic quality. The text is superimposed expertly upon the images, making them function as one and the same. Additionally, Chinese character representations of Wind, Rain, and Sun appear throughout the book as their powers are mentioned. Elementary school classrooms seeking another approach to Earth Day will appreciate the mysterious beauty within the pages of this book.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Despite how much humans feel they control the world, Wind, Rain, and Sun will always be the Earth’s primary powers. One day, Wind, Rain, and Sun observe a shepherd sleeping on a hill with her sheep. For fun, Wind bets the others that it can make her lose her cap. It tries blasting her with a gale so strong she has to hold on to keep from flying away, but her cap stays on. Next, Rain attempts to soak her hat off, but this is likewise unsuccessful. Finally, Sun emerges from behind the clouds to bathe the Earth in its warm glow, trying its hand at removing the cap. The heat of the sun finally wears the shepherd down, but she knows in her heart who the winner truly is. This retelling of “The Wind and the Sun” is both lyrical and profound, using select, spare language to tell the story. Rhyming phrases are pleasing to the ear, but the complexity of the story’s message goes deeper than the text itself. Young’s illustrations are striking, composed of paper collage and occasionally shifting orientation to add to their dynamic quality. The text is superimposed expertly upon the images, making them function as one and the same. Additionally, Chinese character representations of Wind, Rain, and Sun appear throughout the book as their powers are mentioned. Elementary school classrooms seeking another approach to Earth Day will appreciate the mysterious beauty within the pages of this book.

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