When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa’s gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care.
In his first children’s book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The “Take a Deeper Look” page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue.
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Big, scary events can stay with kids long after adults have emotionally moved on. How do we help our children, with their strong emotions and developing coping skills, learn how to let out the pain and open themselves up for healing?
LeVar Burton, co-founder and beloved host of Reading Rainbow, addresses this issue in his charming book, "The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm," co-written by Susan Schaefer Bernardo. A story within a story, "The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm" introduces us to young Mica Mouse, who becomes frightened when a storm crashes outside her home, bringing back memories of a hurricane which destroyed her home a year before.
Papa Mouse knows just how to make Mica feel better. He begins reading a story about another animal who experienced a scary storm: Little Rhinoceros.
And thus begins the story of Little Rhinoceros, whose "world was delightful/and chock full of magic—/until out of the blue, the magic turned...
Wonderful story to help children process bad things that happen in the world around them. Children are more sophisticated this day and time and have questions that we as parents don't really have the answers to, especially when the subject matter is negative. My daughter was starting Kindergarten the year after the Sandy Hook shooting and she watched us watching the news and she didn't understand why we were crying and why we were apprehensive of her starting school, although she was super excited. She didn't understand the fact that this wasn't and isolated event and things like this happen all the time, but we as adults were fearful of losing our precious little girl by doing something simple like sending her to school. This book, and the discussion questions afterwards really help children and parents cope with bad things that happen to good people, and how to move forward. The message although dark, is very positive and hopeful. I grew up watching Reading Rainbow, and I...
I was very moved by this book and I felt the message was easy to understand for both adults and kids. ****Spoiler Alert**** - there was one part of the book where the Rhino falls in a deep hole and wants to stay there. A spider encourages the rhino that he can't stay down there, he doesn't belong there and the metaphor is that you can't keep your emotions and feelings bottled up and hidden. As the rhino gets out of the hole, he realizes that he has a lot of friends and family for support that he can trust. For a book that targets children I felt like this story was compelling enough with its message and the concept of talking about your feelings when you are sad or mad is such an important lesson and an easy one for kids to understand. I thought the artwork and illustrations were colorful and superb. My daughter loved pointing out the illustrations and describing what's happening and she is only 4 years old. As a lifestyle writer, I did receive a free copy of this book for review on...
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