The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa’s gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care.

In his first children’s book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The “Take a Deeper Look” page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue.

By LeVar Burton & Susan Schaefer Bernardo. Illustrations by Courtenay Fletcher. Get your free copy!

LeVar Burton Kids

In 2012, LeVar Burton and his team created Skybrary and Skybrary School - a carefully curated, ever expanding, interactive library of digital books and video explorations hosted by everyone’s favorite storyteller, LeVar himself. Entering the market as the number one educational app, kids have read more than 20.7 million books and watched over 20.9 million videos since its launch. Skybrary School has been donated to over 10,000 Title One schools with more donations each year. It is the go-to award winning digital library for parents and teachers to engage young readers and foster a lifelong love of learning. In 2019, LeVar donated the Skybrary service to the leading literacy non-profit, Reading is Fundamental, in hopes of bringing books to millions more kids.

Skybrary is on the web, iOS, Kindle, and Android tablets. Skybrary School is available on the web only.

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