Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Terrible Storm

Terrible Storm

Carol Otis Hurst
Illustrator:  S.D. Schindler 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Greenwillow Books, 2007   ISBN: 978-0060090012

Sometimes Grandpa Walt and Grandpa Fred get together, and one of the stories they like to share is the one about what it was like to live through the Blizzard of 1888. Both of them were much younger back then, and they lived very different lives in the same town in Massachusetts. When the storm hit Grandpa Walt was hauling wood in the wagon, and Grandpa Fred was delivering milk. They had no idea that things were going to get so bad until they found themselves unable to go any further because of the snow, the wind, and the cold.

And so Walt took refuge in a barn, and Fred was taken into someone's home. And there they remained for the next few days. They did not really know where they were until much later.

The Blizzard of '88 really did happen, and it is both interesting and funny to hear the stories of these two old friends. Best of all perhaps, readers will have a good laugh at the end when they find out where Walt and Fred were for those three long days.

Written with a great sense of fun and beautifully illustrated, this is a picture book that is sure to become a firm favorite with young children.