There’s something at the window
There’s something beneath the bed
There’s something under the covers
I don’t know yet it’s all in my head
At 3 I’ve discovered monsters
At 3 I’ve discovered bears
At 3 I’ve discovered bumps in the night
To put name to my worries and fears
Note: And here I thought somehow Nick was fearless because he’s been strolling down dark hallways without pause since he could walk…
Ah, foolish first-time parents.
In these weeks leading up to his 3rd birthday, Nick has discovered all sorts of things that go “bump” in his room. Last night it was every single sound outside his window. We’re in our Chicago “sprummer” (spring-summer) weather, which means lots of funky nighttime weather.
It Is the Wind is a lovely book to read on those stormy nights. It acknowledges the sounds outside but then transforms them into something less threatening.
“What is the noise I hear?” asks the young African-American narrator.
It’s the owl…It’s the dog…It’s the gate…etc.
(On our block, it’s more like, “It’s the fire truck…again…the bass from a double-parked car…again)
The sound effects in Wolff’s accessible text are color-coded for effect – the boo and hoo of the owl, the groan and moan of a gate, the clunk and thunk of a swing. Plus Ransome’s paintings are luscious, yet soothing.
The perfect balm for a toddler’s nighttime fears.
Bonus: Have your kiddo close their eyes and listen to the sounds around them. You may be surprised how much they hear (which you take for granted!)