Bits of background via father's murky explanation (when rising bubbles of hot air condense into water droplets, ""heat is left over"" to raise the bubbles until they build up into clouds); thin strands of story focusing on a young jay that Stephen rescues from the storm and later returns to the beach for a reunion with the mother bird; some stabs at poetic description of hurricane Hortense, who brings ""gifts. . . from the depths of the sea"" and ""lavish(es) them on the beach,"" then ""slam(s) inland"" like ""a big elephant that is caught in a fence"" going ""swish, swish with her trunk and pound, pound with her feet""; pages of softly splashy pictures in a matching mood. The word would be evocative if anything were really evoked.