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Posted April 20, 2003
Just got this; our kids want to hear it over and over, nightly! Terrific book
A kind of flip-over mobius strip of a book, the cycles of rain and sun, and the activities each kind of weather fosters through multiple linked characters in a big bustling multi-ethnic city, this is charming, funny, and exuberantly told (with bright pictures which match the text perfectly). Our kids relate to how good a weather change feels at first, and then start giggling every time in delighted recognition as the same characters who were overjoyed grow cranky and grouchy as it keeps on being rainy, or hot and sunny, day after day after day. Subtly, this book is not just about weather and a community within a city apartment building, but about human nature, and change, itself. Wise; fun. Our 4 and 6 year-olds just love to shut and turn the book over, as directed in the text (it is really two books, which end in the center) and start over again. The only drawback is because it never really ends, bedtime can be put off indefinitely because 'we haven't finished the book yet!' Love as well as her PASSIONATE VEGETARIAN (adult cookbook, very well written and comprehensive) which we have been cooking out of with delight since last fall. No matter what subject Dragonwagon writes on, or for what age, she seems to write so well, and wisely, with depth, humor and an oddly perfect ear for both daily joy and poignancy. Her books, all that we have read (and cooked from), anyway, are irresistible. Can you tell we are Dragonwagon fans?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.