The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm is written by Reading Rainbow’s co-founder and education advocate, LeVar Burton, and co-written by Susan Schaefer Bernardo, with illustrations by Courtenay Fletcher. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm brings to parents and their children an uplifting, warm and powerful story that helps kids cope with difficult moments in everyday life. The 32-page hardcover book is available today (October 7th) at national book retailers and independent bookstores.
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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm is a beautifully written and illustrated “book within a book” of a young mouse named Mica. Mica is afraid of storms as her own home had been destroyed in a hurricane just a year earlier. Papa Mouse reads Mica a story of a young rhino that is overwhelmed by a storm which carries away all that he loves. As Papa Mouse continues reading, the little rhino meets many new friends: a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With gentle and kind guidance, little Rhino learns to see the light again in his world with the help of his caring friends.
Even small children experience sadness, grief, and loss. Children cannot help but to try to process images they see and conversations they overhear. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm will help fill a void that is often overlooked in literature for young children. Healing after tragedy is never easy, but the journey is brighter with the help of loving and caring friends. This is a great book that you will want in your library at home or in the classroom! Please note: the recommended ages for the book are 5-7. Our younger kids LOVED the illustrations, but the text is a little advanced for children under 5. That being said, I think kids over the age of 7 (and adults) will love the book, too!
A Message from Reading Rainbow:
Thanks to all of YOU and other Reading Rainbow advocates, Reading Rainbow has raised over $5 million dollars from over 105,000 backers- absolutely incredible! We are working as quickly as possible to bring Reading Rainbow to additional mobile devices in the very near future.
I’m pleased to join Growing Book by Book in offering our readers 2 very special copies of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm that are personally SIGNED by LeVar Burton!
Product: One signed copy of LeVar’s new book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, will be given to 2 winners. Approx. retail value: $17.95/each.
Details: The giveaway is from 10/07/14 12:00 am (CT) to 10/17/14 12:00 am (CT). Must be 18 to enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond before an alternate winner will be chosen. Reading Rainbow is responsible for the shipment to winners of this giveaway. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!