Today's Fabulous Picture Book

Gilberto and the Wind cover Gilberto and the Wind

written and illustrated by Marie Hall Ets

A young boy finds in the wind a playmate of many moods.

Young Gilberto makes a new friend and must cope with Wind's changing moods: teasing, playful, stormy, quiet. The illustrations are rendered in only three colors but support the text well. The changing expressions on Gilberto's face are priceless.

I Love This Book

A simple story that can help young children better understand the wind as part of the natural world.

Pat Gramling

Related activities

Who Has Seen the Wind?

In this book Wind is personified as a capricious playmate for Gilberto. Wind is heard but never seen; Gilberto responds to its activities and evidence of its passing through. After reading, share some poems about the wind such as "Who Has Seen the Wind?" by Christina Rossetti or "The Wind on the Hill" by A.A. Milne.

Begin a discussion by defining "wind" and asking if the wind can be heard or seen. Suggest that much of what is known about wind is learned from evidence seen during its activity or left behind from a windy episode. Take photographs or collect pictures that testify to the presence of wind. Display these on a bulletin board or wall space along with drawings done by students from their own experiences.


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This set includes photographs depicting objects that are related to wind such as windmills, fans, and propellers


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