A Rainy Day

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this account of earth's water cycle--from cloud formation to rainfall to evaporation back into the atmosphere--unconnected but familiar observations plop down like unexpected drops. Hard rain breaks up the ground and forms delicate rivulets. Rings appear in puddles. One water bead runs into another down the windowpane, melding into a heavier drop. And when the sun shines through, rainbow colors emerge. While the text is accurate and the watercolor illustrations pleasantly evocative, their overall language and tone lack the discovery and awe of rain-watching--``Materials such as plastic and rubber don't absorb water.'' (Also, so much information crowds this picture book that it may ultimately overwhelm younger readers.) Although many little ones might prefer their own rainy-day walk or a private window rain-side, reading this book could re-establish small discoveries and link them to larger scientific patterns. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A palatable picture-book exploration of the nature of rain and the workings of the water cycle. The effects of rainfall on animals, soil, and plants are described, as are the ways in which different materials react to being wet. Basic physical principles are demonstrated in the sliding of rain off an umbrella and the behavior of drops as they hit surfaces of varying density. The text is simple, straightforward, and impersonal, and is augmented by soft watercolor illustrations that feature a young girl in a yellow slicker and boots who observes what is being discussed. Indoors she watches the prismatic effect of raindrops on the window, breaking sunlight into the colors of the spectrum. As the storm ends, a striking double-page spread shows a rainbow and explains how the multicolored spectacle is created. Run-off from puddle to ocean is shown, and the book concludes with the rain coming again another day.-- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Janice Del Negro
Using a picture book format with strong visual narrative, this nonfiction title painlessly sets forth simple scientific explanations of how clouds form, why rain falls, where the colors in the rainbow come from, and more. The text is straightforward and friendly, associating scientific concepts with familiar objects and examples. The visual narrative is supplied by watercolors that picture a young girl in a yellow slicker exploring her environment before, during, and after the rain. While not outstanding in technique, the illustrations closely support the text and provide a continuity that will make the book a welcome addition to nonfiction shelves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531085769
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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