How the Wind Plays

Written by Michael Lipson
Illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Hyperion, 1994


Book description
The wind, in the form of a mischievous child, indulges in such playful antics as shaking tree branches against windows and blowing snow inside. Whether dancing with autumn leaves, skipping through the park, or tossing & tumbling the ocean waves, the wind is always at play! The wind can be a rascally character, shaking tree branches against windowpanes. Or the wind can be a real sport, flying kites high in the air. Now, dont be fooled by a calm day; although everything seems still, the wind is merely catching its breath – & deciding what game to play next! 

Reviews of How the Wind Plays

Review from School Library Journal
This personification of wind will be fascinating to youngsters and a boon to creative teachers or librarians.

Review from Booklist

Brimming with whimsy, this story of the wind and how it dances and darts through the world will capture the imagination of little ones…eye-catchingly fresh. Kids and their parents will be glad to see this on the library shelves.

Daniel Kirk speaks about How the Wind Plays
The concept of the book fits into the “What if?” category of story writing.

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What if the wind was like a naughty little boy? What would he look like? Where would he go? What would he do?

The challenge for me as the illustrator was in deciding how big the boy should be (he changes sizes as the wind grows or diminishes) how old he should be (about seven years old) and what his attitude should be like (generally friendly and harmless).

I spent several weeks painting each of the illustrations for this book! They are done in oil paint on prepared paper. My goal was to make the pictures as warm and friendly as possible, and to give the book an old-fashioned, yet timeless, quality.

Things to think about and do once you have read How the Wind Plays

1. Have you ever seen the wind? Have you seen any of the things the wind can do?

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Think of some good things the wind does, and some bad things the wind does.

2. Do you think it was a good idea in How the Wind Plays to make the wind look like a little boy? Since the wind keeps changing, do you think the wind could ever look like a little girl, or a bear, or a bird?

3. In traditional ethnic and folk tales from around the world, animals and people often take on the roles of the forces of nature. Ask your librarian for storybooks from some of these traditions, to see how other cultures have explained the workings of natural phenomena.


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