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Book Title: Dark Cloud Strong Breeze|
The author of the book: Susan Patron
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Reader ratings: 5.5
Edition: Orchard Books (NY)
Date of issue: March 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780531068151
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.28 MB
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There's a certain appealing something about this book that I can't deny, and for that reason I would be inclined to at least consider giving one and a half stars to Dark Cloud Strong Breeze. I think it's mostly the magic touch of Newbery Medalist Susan Patron that makes the story what it is, though illustrator Peter Catalanotto certainly had a hand in it, as well. His atmospheric drawings allow us to feel almost as if we were there ourselves beside the young girl as she determinedly works to get herself and her father back inside their car on a day that promises rain at any moment. The girl's father has accidentally locked the keys in the car, but it's the girl who will have to find a way to get those doors open. Can she do it before the rain begins to fall?
Books oftentimes bounce back and forth between being in print and not; Dark Cloud Strong Breeze is not currently in print at the time of this writing, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a publisher bring it back at some point. I think that it could be an enjoyable book for early readers, as well as a solid introduction to the writing of Susan Patron. I know from experience that a love of reading can be spurred on by a picture book that captures one's imagination early in life, and I believe that Dark Cloud Strong Breeze has that quality about it.
There's one other piece of information that I wish to note. The copy of this book that I read, checked out from a local library, contains the handwritten autograph of the illustrator himself, Peter Catalanotto. He writes: "To the children of Bensonville, may reading always be a breeze! Peter Catalanotto 1994". I just thought it was really nice that he autographed the book to the kids, both present and future, of an entire library that way, and I thought it was equally nice that Bensonville Community Public Library was willing to take a chance with such a special gift and send it out via interlibrary loan, which was my only chance to read the book since my regular library doesn't own a copy. Kindness and cooperation truly have a way of bestowing blessings, have they not?
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Read information about the authorSusan Patron specialized in Children's Services for 35 years at the Los Angeles Public Library before retiring in 2007, the same year her novel The Higher Power of Lucky was awarded the John Newbery Medal. As the library's Juvenile Materials Collection Development Manager, she trained and mentored children's librarians in 72 branches. Patron has served on many book award committees, including the Caldecott and Laura Ingalls Wilder Committees of the American Library Association. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Patron's previous books for children include the Billy Que trilogy of picture books; Dark Cloud Strong Breeze; and a chapter book, Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe. All earned starred reviews, and the latter was named an ALA Notable book. The Listening Library audio edition of The Higher Power of Lucky is an ALA Notable Recording; the book will be translated into twelve foreign languages and has been optioned for a motion picture. A sequel, Lucky Breaks, will be published early in 2009. Married to a rare book restorer from the Champagne region of France, Susan is working on the final book in the "Lucky" trilogy.
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