The Wind Stops
Written by Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by Stefano Vitale
Review by: Monica
Charlotte Zolotow's poetic words
illustrated by Stafano Vitale, via paintings on wood, blend together into
an unforgettable piece of children's literature. When The Wind Stops is as
versatile a book as it is beautiful. It's an awesome description of the
continuity of life and wonders of the world around us.
When The Wind Stops is a story about new
beginnings, seasons changing, nature and the weather. As a young boy is
tucked into bed one night, he asks his mother, "Why does the day have
to end?" She explains that the day doesn't end, it begins somewhere
else. "Where does the wind go when it stops?" he asks.
"Where does the rain go when the storm is over?" "Where do
waves go when they break the sand?" Each answer given by the mother
leads to another question from her sleepy son. Day and night, wind, waves
and rain-- "Nothing ends… it begins in another place or a different
As you read When The Wind Stops to your 4-8
year-olds, pause between the boy's questions and his mother's answers. Let
your children supply their own answers first. You'll be amazed at the
depth and vividness of their imaginations. Be sure to allow enough time to
answer even more of their questions once the book is closed. You'll be
glad you did.