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Are you afraid of thunder and lightning? When they hear the loud boom of thunder, many children are terrified. They don’t comprehend what is happening. Thunder and Lightning, They’re Not So Frightening by JD Schmith is an excellent children’s book that explains the science behind storms so that even kids can understand.
The little boy in the book is named William. He becomes frightened on seeing the approaching storm from his bedroom window. When he cries out, Daddy comes to hold him. Daddy explains what makes thunder and lightning. William is no longer anxious and can fall asleep. It is a good bedtime story to read, especially on a stormy night.
What I liked best about this book is its intelligent description of thunder and lightning. It doesn’t make up a fantasy story to explain these features of nature. When I was a child, I was told rain was angels’ tears, and thunder was the sound of angels bowling in heaven. This book doesn’t concoct a silly story like that. In just twelve pages, it tells the truth about thunder and lightning using simple scientific terms. Children are smart. I believe when they understand what is happening during a storm, they feel more in control of their environment and will be more at ease.
The illustrations in this story are colorful and beautiful. The little boy and his father look like real people. Children will be able to relate to the people in the pictures. I like the town the little boy can see from his window. As night approaches, he can see the house lights coming on. It paints a peaceful and serene scene.
The simple language used should make this book easy for beginner readers. Younger children will love hearing this read-aloud, especially if they get to snuggle on your lap as William does with Daddy. As an adult, I liked it too. There is no profanity or slang used. There is no violence or sex. This book is appropriate for all children. I found no grammatical or spelling errors and believe the book has been professionally edited.
This book does an excellent job of explaining thunder and lightning. All kids need this information. I didn’t find anything I disliked about the book. I am awarding Thunder and Lightning, They’re Not So Frightening by JD Schmith with four out of four stars. For parents, it can sometimes be hard to answer all of the questions kids can ask. This book will help.
Moderator's Note: This book is best for little children to be enjoyed in the paperback version.
Thunder and Lightning, They're Not So Frightening
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