In a world dominated by technology and gadgets, this book’s suggestion that kids interact with the natural world around them feels refreshingly simple and enticing. When Ria points out that the leaves look like they’re dancing, Vik responds, “You’re right. It’s so cool!” His enthusiasm will inspire kids to see what is interesting about their own outdoor spaces. The wind chimes are also delightful, using sticks and common items such as buttons, seashells, and bells to create a beautiful, interactive work of art. Kids will be able to do a similar project at home with minimal help from an adult, which will allow them to feel empowered while making their own windy-day music.
Nia Kurniawati’s vibrant illustrations mostly show dark-haired Ria and blonde Vik playing together, first standing in awe gazing up at the treetops and then excitedly working with their friendly, smiling teacher to make their chimes. The pictures also show the magical chimes hanging amid a backdrop of flowering bushes and a bright blue sky. Most importantly, the kids’ joy in learning how wind can make music will allow young readers to imagine how they might find pleasure in similar discoveries.
Takeaway: Heartwarming story encouraging kids to explore simple natural wonders.
Comparable Titles: Cale Atkinson's Explorers of the Wild, Grahame Baker-Smith's Rhythm of the Rain.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A-