Children's Book Reviews

The Storm by Akiko Miyakoshi

The child and father watch as the winds begin to blow.

The child and father watch as the winds begin to blow.

A promised day at the beach is called off when a fearsome storm gusts through the region. The child in the story overcomes their fear by imagining a fantastic sailing ship with propellers, which blows The Storm away.

Artwork

Beautiful, charcoal drawings that are detailed and full of emotion. The perspectives are interesting. Capturing the world of children as they peer up at adults. Also, the storm casts the world beneath it as small and vulnerable.

The perspectives in the drawings are what really bring this story to life.

The perspectives in the drawings are what really bring this story to life.

Reasons to Love

It’s a sweet story about overcoming fear. Again, the illustrations are great.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a quiet story that shows a child being brave in the face of fear, then this is a wonderful book. There are hardly any words and most of the story is told through images. I also like that the child is facing a fear that is manageable, and which is not overcome through some kind of violence or physical act.

After the child has blown the storm away with their ship, they fly into the clear skies.

After the child has blown the storm away with their ship, they fly into the clear skies.

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