Stormy

  • Title: Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home
  • Author: Guojing
  • Illustrator: Guojing
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that’s perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench–scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries–and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience–and help from an enticing tennis ball–a tentative friendship begins. But it’s not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn’t always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book could be used to start a discussion, to ask students how they interpret the images and the story, even though there are no words. I think this book would work well in a class with younger children (though I think older children and adults could appreciate this book).
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The illustrations by Guojing are incredibly realistic. The dog’s fur is detailed in every illustration, and we can see when the dog gets wet that their fur is also wet, we can almost feel the heaviness of their pelt and the cold and wind. The storm is captured so well that we can even see the water bounce off the trashcan in one set of images.

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