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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Reassuring tale soothes fears, promotes sharing feelings.

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This book reads like a wise and magical folktale, with many valuable lessons delivered in rhyming verse from cute animal and insect pals. THE RHINO WHO SWALLOWED A STORM is about a lot more than physical survival and calming the nerves of an anxious child. The story the father mouse reads deals especially with the rhino's emotional reality and ability to "move through your sorrow ... on the road to tomorrow."

Author LeVar Burton knows a thing or two about what kinds of stories keep kids engaged, and coauthor Susan Schaefer Bernardo wrote her previous book, Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, with illustrator Courtenay Fletcher to help kids deal with separation and loss.

Fletcher's bold, graphic, computer-generated art will surely draw kids in, too. The meter in the rhymes occasionally varies, so parents reading aloud may need to be on their toes.

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