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Summary: Mandy is afraid of the thunderstorm. She knows thunderstorms are always bad. With some help, she learns that thunderstorms are just Mother Nature’s sound. She sees why she should not be afraid of the nature. This rhyming story is told in English and, when you flip the book over, in Spanish.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Young Reader Reaction: Because the story sounds like a song when you read it, it is very entertaining. I would highly recommend reading this with all children up to 5 years-old. It is a bilingual book, so it would especially help those kids who are learning Spanish as well as English.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Fun rhymes and colorful illustrations help kids not only understand thunderstorms, but gives them ideas to overcome those fears.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a lighthearted way to offer support to a child who is afraid of thunder.
Educational Themes: Children who are afraid of storms will immediately connect with Mandy. The story offers ideas on how to overcome your fears. For children learning Spanish, this is a good first reader.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, nature, feelings, foreign language, Spanish, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2009
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