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Friday, 28 June 2019

Review: Storm Boy Rescue

The story of Storm Boy by Colin Thiele is an Australian classic. In 2018 we celebrated the 55th anniversary of this treasured story and the remake of the 1976 movie. This movie tie in board book, Storm Boy Rescue, makes this iconic story now accessible to our youngest readers.

The story of Storm Boy is set in the Coorong region of South Australia. We meet a child called, Storm Boy, who lives with his father on the beach. One day Storm Boy rescues three baby pelicans and one, Mr Percival, develops a special bond with him.


In the board book are introduced to Mr Percival and Storm Boy on a stormy night. Inside the seaside shack they are warm and safe while outside the Southern Ocean rages. Calls for help are heard as a boat begins to sink in the rough waves. With Mr Percival's help, Storm Boy comes up with an idea how to help save the four sailors from drowning. How can Mr Percival assist in this rescue?

Using simplified language, this board book story reveals the mini story within the larger dramatic one of the novella and movie. It uses the classical story beginning of 'one stormy night.' Where appropriate it includes numbers and colours, developing language of younger readers.

The illustrations by Jenni Goodman are moody and dramatic, with large ocean waves and dark ominous skies.  Illustrating strong eye contact between Storm Boy and Mr Percival, she has shown their unique connection and friendship. I just love how Goodman has illustrated the luxuriant curly texture of Storm Boy's hair.

For more ways to explore the story of Storm Boy with your toddlers see the two other board books illustrated by Goodman; Storm Boy Colours and Storm Boy Numbers.

Title: Storm Boy Rescue
Illustrator: Jenni Goodman
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, $14.99
Publication Date: 6 December 2018
Format: Board Book
ISBN: 9781760790325
For ages: 2 – 4
Type: Board Book


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