Title: The Same Wind
Author: Bette Killion
Painted By: Barbara Bustetter Falk
This picture book debut of both collaborators features stylish, primitivist artwork. The narrator, (an unnamed girl), asks the wind in all its various appearances in differing climes and regions, “Are you the same wind?” Killion depicts a diversity of scenes ranging from “southern swamps” to “the forests of the North” to “rocky slopes and ledges.” While her evocative, sometimes flowery language seems unsuited to a young voice, the text nevertheless presents forceful images. Falk’s richly colored, borderless paintings–set dramatically opposite stark white pages with minimal text–evoke the wind’s energy and power with vigorous, sweeping strokes.