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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
I Can Sleep When The Wind Blows by Heather Davis is a fun story about Jim, a farmhand whose ways of communicating are unorthodox, to say the least. A farmer is looking for help on his land, but this 17-year-old is the only applicant. So the farmer reluctantly hires him, knowing he has no other options. The story boils down to the character of the young man. Will he be lazy and just do the minimum required, or will he take on the job and do it well? An excellent lesson is provided in this tale. The artwork is attractive, colorful, and full of detail. I also appreciated the appropriate font used, making the story easy to read. Not every children’s story gets everything right: the artwork, the font, and the story itself. But this one definitely nails it.
I Can Sleep When The Wind Blows by Heather Davis goes on to describe how well Jim completes his work, and how his employer is pleased with everything he does. However, the measure of trust has yet to be earned as when a storm hits the farm, the old farmer runs around trying to wake Jim up, attempting to salvage what is left of his property. For some reason, the farmer had no idea how good Jim really was at his job. He had assumed that the farm wasn’t prepared for the storm that came. The example that Jim gives to young readers is an excellent building block for learning. Don’t just ‘do the minimum required’. Do the best job you can, whether or not you are recognized for it. This book was a pleasure to read. Highly recommended.