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Storm in the night
Stolz, Mary, 1920-2006.
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[First Harper Trophy edition].
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins Publishers, [1990?]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 25 cm
While sitting through a fearsome thunderstorm that has put the lights out, Thomas hears a story from Grandfather's boyhood, when Grandfather was afraid of thunderstorms.
Reading Level:
550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 5543.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 2 Quiz: 10950 Guided reading level: N.
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Storm in the night.

Thunder like mountains blowing up.

Lightning licking the navy-blue sky.

Rain streaming down the windows,

babbling in the downspouts.

And Grandfather? . . .

And Thomas? . . .

And Ringo, the cat?

They were in the dark.

Too early to go to bed, and with only flashes of lightning to see by, Thomas and his grandfather happily find themselves re-discovering the half-forgotten scents and sounds of their world, and having a wonderful time learning important, new things about each other in a spirited conversation sparked by darkness.

Mary Stolz and Pat Cummings have each brought their unique talents to this lyrical tale about a magical, stormy night and a special relationship.

Author Notes

Mary Stolz was born on March 24, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied at the Teachers College of Columbia University and the Katharine Gibbs School before going to work at Columbia as a secretary. She suffered from debilitating arthritis and wrote her first book during a long convalescence. To Tell Your Love was published in 1950.

She wrote more than 60 children and young adult books during her lifetime including Ready or Not, Some Merry-Go-Round Music, Leap Before You Look, The Leftover Elf, Emmett's Pig, A Dog on Barkham Street, Cider Days, Ivy Larkin, and The Edge of Next Year. In a Mirror won a Child Study Children's Book Award and The Bully of Barkham Street won a Boys' Club Junior Book Award. Belling the Tiger and The Noonday Friends were named Newbery Honor books. In 1982, she received a George G. Stone Recognition of Merit Award for her entire body of work. She also wrote one adult novel entitled Truth and Consequence. She died of natural causes on December 15, 2006 at the age of 86.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Love overcomes fear as Thomas, a young black child, and his grandfather share stories through a dark, stormy night; electric blues and purples touched with lightning white accentuate the scenes. [BKL F 1]

Publisher's Weekly Review

Because a fierce storm has put out the lights, Thomas's grandfather says, ``I shall have to tell you a tale of when I was a boy.'' But Grandfather's story about his dog Melvin is prefaced by 18 pages that focus instead on Thomas's loving relationship with the peppery old man. The discursive, gentle text reflects Thomas's thoughts about sounds and memories. He wonders about the differences between grandfathers and boyshe has ``a chin as smooth as a peach'' while Grandfather has ``a voice like a tuba.'' He and his grandfather listen to the sound of rain that clatters ``on the tin roof like a million tacks,'' and, finally, Grandfather tells his story of ``how fear does strange things to people.'' Cummings's electric-blue palette is almost overwhelming in its intensity, but it beautifully captures the dance of night shadows with golden light. Ages 5-8. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 Paintings in icy blue-white, black, and brown illustrate this story of a young black boy, his grandfather, and their cat during a fearsome thunder storm. There is a power failure, so that there is nothing to do except talk. Whatever fears the boy has are quelled by his grandfather's wit, understand ing, and a comforting story. This is a picture book of contrastthe raging storm without, the calm within as the grandfather shares the fear he had as a youngster during a similar storm when he accidently left his puppy outside. Stolz' poetic language is powerful, packed with vivid imagery and ono matopoeic verse from the ``thunder like mountains blowing up'' to the ``ping'' of the living room clock. The balance of the text is comprised of relaxed, unhur ried dialogue. The pictures contrast the strong use of dark shadows and the soft light which illuminates the warmth in side the house. Best read aloud, but don't wait for a storm. Marianne Pilla, Long Beach Public Library, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.