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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm
- Author: Levar Burton & Susan Schaefer Bernardo
- Illustrations by Courtenay Fletcher
- Age Range: 5 – 7 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Reading Rainbow (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990539504
- ISBN-13: 978-0990539506
Mica Mouse lost her house in a terrible storm and now she trembles when the weather turns rough. Mica’s father tells her the story of a brave blue rhinocerous who learns how to get through rough times with friendship, helpers, love, and by “feeling your feelings”. LeVar Burton has poured a lifetime of experience storytelling to children into The Rhino Who Swallowed A Storm, and the result is more than a book – it’s a manual for finding the light in the midst of dark times.
This book has a great learning experience for children about how it is ok to be frightened and that sometimes bad things happen but there are people around you to help you and love you. It is written for a child to understand, the rhino swallows the storm and then feels alone but then his animal friends help him feel better. I also like how it starts and ends with a papa mouse reading the story of the rhino and they were very detailed with even showing Papas hand. It’s a very cute book with a great message.
How do you help your child face his or her fears?
I always talked to them. I always was honest with them. I let them know that I too had fears and fears were normal. Fears can help one grow up. No one human is invincible.
We’re dealing with fears currently, but of a different sort. The fears of not ‘fitting in’. We still try to talk as much as possible with her to hopefully make her feel better about herself.
I am always honest with my kids and answer ANY questions they have very openly. What a wonderful book by a favorite actor!
This looks like a really great book! I love the actor too. We constantly deal with fears here!
That is such a cute book! And I love that it’s a great way to discuss fear and overcoming it.
My daughter used imaginary friends who had fears to let me know when she was afraid. It was her imaginary friend who was afraid, and I guess that made it ok to share. Every child goes through these things so it’s great to have resources to share with them and help them get through it.