Kazue Mizumura's illustrations, some in warm color and some in black and white, are graceful (and have, as the subject occasionally demands, a strength the word ""graceful"" doesn't really connote). The seventeen poems are not legitimate haiku; they are haiku-like. This form of poetry has been getting a lot of attention from specialists in language arts at the elementary school level. Some of the published results indicate that children really take to these brief, free descriptions and this collection is a good guide for their writing. The wind is described in all its many moods and, even if the free verse fails to move or inspire the ultimate readers, the craftsmanship and simple elegance of the brush paintings can be assured of admiration.