The old winter wind, exhausted from traveling back and forth across the world, now wants only a place to rest. But no matter where he stops, whether among a stand of trees in a meadow or on top of a mountain, he’s not welcome. When he enters the open door of an inn, the travelers complain about the cold, and the innkeeper chases him out through an open window. Furious at his mistreatment, the wind buries the houses in snow. He does not stop raging until a little girl invites him to stay for as long as he wants in the dark, quiet place under her house. The watercolor illustrations, all in shades of blue and purple, give way on the last page to a tender green — in honor of spring — when the wind awakes and takes his leave. An afterword by the writer and renowned storyteller, Peninnah Schram, tells us that even though she could find no mention of this particular story in the Israel Folktale Archives, the personification of the wind often appears in Jewish folktales. Recommended for ages 5 – 7.
Susan Kantor was a senior writer/editor for Girl Scouts of the USA, a children’s book editor, and a past judge for the National Jewish Book Awards in the illustrated children’s book category. She is a writer and a docent at the Rubin Museum in New York City, where she leads public and private tours.