‘The Stormy Day’ is the second story in the ‘Polly and the Puffin’ series by Jenny Colgan. They feature Neil the puffin who first made an appearance in one of Jenny’s books for adults the ‘Little Beach Street Bakery. One day Polly hears a CRASH downstairs. Is it a monster? NO! Is it a spider alien? NO! It was a little puffin with a broken wing…
When Polly discovers the injured puffin, she and her mummy look after him in their cottage by the sea. And so Neil begins his adventures with Polly.
In ‘The Stormy Day’ we see Polly and Neil are waiting and waiting and waiting for Polly’s Dad to return for his trip to see. Despite keeping themselves very busy they find time is crawling along at a snails pace. When the stormy clouds start gathering and the rain starts to fall Polly gets increasingly agitated about her Dad’s return. Just when things can’t seem to get any worse Neil decides to fly off into the storm and leaves Polly and her Mum waiting anxiously. Polly finds out that waiting is difficult for grown ups too as they watch the sea hoping for a glimpse of the returning boats.
This is a perfect tale for a bedtime story or for newly confident young readers to read independently. Children will be enchanted by Neil’s delightful antics and charmed by the heart warming friendship between Polly and Neil. The book is stunningly illustrated by Thomas Docherty in a palette of black and orange which perfectly compliments the striking colours of a puffin. His illustrations capture the warmth and joy of this tale and his ability to capture the mood in the characters expressions help engage younger children who may not be able to read all of the text. The books also contains recipes, rhymes and activities which really enhance the story and bring it to life for children.
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Thank you to LBKids for sending me a copy of this book.