cover image One Windy Wednesday

One Windy Wednesday

Phyllis Root, Helen Craig. Candlewick Press (MA), $10.99 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-0054-9

Just how windy is the Wednesday in question? It's so windy that all the sounds get blown out of the farm animals (""It blew the oink right out of the pig. It blew the baa right out of the lamb""). Soon the cow is oinking and the duck is mooing, leaving it up to little Bonnie Bumble in her patched pink overalls to put everything right again: ""She tied the oink back onto the pig. She knit the baa back onto the lamb."" Root (Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble) and Craig (the Angelina Ballerina books) work in sync as they bring to life the full force of this very blustery day. The concise text (written with the help of Root's 10-year-old daughter) is as cheery and unpretentious as Craig's primarily pastel watercolor and ink cartoons. A sure bet to invite audience participation. Ages 2-5. (Oct.)