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The Wind May Blow

Authored by Sasha Quinton
Illustrated by Thomas Hegbrook
Published by Little Tiger Press

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As the title suggests, this picture book uses weather metaphors to convey the message that life will inevitably have its challenges, but that by taking stock and taking time, we can find inner strength to overcome them, and in doing so become even stronger and more resilient. The use of the second person to address the reader directly gives a sense of a parent encouraging their child, or at least warning them that life does not always go to plan. The layout uses peepholes where words are repeated in different contexts, a device which draws the reader actively into the text and encourages the turning of the pages backwards and forwards. Thomas Hegbrook’s design incorporates a text that is painted rather than printed, sometimes following the lines of the pictures, giving the effect of a parent writing to a child.

A little caution might be necessary if sharing this book with a class: not every child’s birth circumstances are as sunny and rosy as this text suggests, either through circumstance or for health reasons, and they may be acutely aware that their challenges came very early, before ‘the sun rose and kissed your toes as warm roses bloomed in each cheek’. That said, given the last couple of years and the ‘storms’ of the pandemic, this text should resonate with many children, not just the youngest at whom this is no doubt aimed, and provide a useful starting point for discussion about coping mechanisms when life does not seem to be sunny and bright.