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Editorial Reviews

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The Sendak brothers' first children's book collaboration, The Happy Rain (1956) by Jack Sendak, illus. by Maurice Sendak, centers on the fictitious town of Troekan where it rains day and night ("No other village could boast of such fine, glorious rain"). When it stops one day, the villagers seek answers-from a wise old man, a scientist, a philosopher and the mayor. But it is the ingenuity of two children that brings back the joyous, rainy weather. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this reissue of the 1956 collaboration between the Sendak brothers, we visit the village of Troekan, where everybody revels in the rain that falls every day: "The people of Troekan were very fortunate. No other village could boast such fine, glorious rain." The inhabitants of Troekan picnic happily in the rain, swim in the rain, and play their favorite games of mud-rolling, puddle-jumping, and hide-and-splash—until one day "the comforting, dark clouds were gone" and the "harsh, glaring sun" appears. The villagers try a series of preposterous and unsuccessful strategies to bring back the rain: standing on their heads (proposed by the very wise old man of the village); shooting holes in the clouds with cannon balls (proposed by the scientist of the village); and wearing paper bags over their heads (proposed by the philosopher of the village). But success comes only when young Yolande hits upon the idea of a sending a love letter to the clouds, via balloon delivery. The book is more text-heavy than one would expect in a comparable children's book today, but the humor is sprightly and the pictures a typical Sendakian delight. And the two-pronged message—that some may love what others disdain, and the importance of expressing that love—is as worth hearing today as it was sixty years ago. 2004 (orig. 1956), HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060287856
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/25/2004
  • Series: Sendak Reissues Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Sendak began writing at a very early age, collaborating with his brother Maurice in writing, illustrating, and binding their own story books, which they then lent out to family and friends. His love for books grew out of the bedtime foltakes his father, Philip, told every evening. Reviewers called Jack Sendak's books humorous, magical, and mysterious.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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First Chapter

The Happy Rain

Chapter One

The people of Troekan were very fortunate. No other village could boast of such fine, glorious rain. Rain that flooded their gardens with a profusion of dazzling flowers. Rain that made music as it pattered on the tile roofs. Rain that perfumed the very air, drenched their clothes, and muddied their streets. It was a joy to live in Troekan.

Now, as this story begins, it was a typical day in the village of Troekan-a real soaker. Many of the villagers were picnicking in the country. Others were stretched out on the wet grass in the parks: airing their babies, listening to the band concert, or just napping.

School, which for reasons of health was held outdoors in the rain, had just been dismissed. And the children ran, shouting happily, past the shiny wet houses-toward the lake. It was just the right kind of a day for a swim.

In one of the houses, a mother's voice said, "What -- Raymond and Yolande -- still in the house on such a fine rainy day? Quick -- out into the streets -- or do I have to toss you both out of the window?"

Raymond and Yolande ran into the street, giggling. Mother was always joking.

"And, mind," she cried after them. "And, mind you come back soaked to the skin -- else I'll lock you both out."

Oh, of course Raymond and Yolande would get soaked to the skin, and muddy, and dirty. Didn't they every day? Playing their regular games of mud-rolling, puddle-jumping, and hide-and-splash?

Situated in the center of Troekan was the village square. As always, it was a hubbub of activity. Vendors were selling their soaking wares everywhere. The villagers were shopping, and discussing the affairs of the day. And they were forever arguing, and shouting, and laughing. While the children played games, or had mud-ball fights. And cried, and chased dogs, and ate. Everyone was having a grand time.

And above all the clatter and bustle could be heard the beautiful sound of the rain pattering on the tile roofs.

And, just as they did every night, everyone, including the children, stayed up as late as they wanted to. For there were so many things to do, and to see, and to hear. And, just as every day in Troekan, this one had been full of happiness, excitement, and fun.

As Raymond and Yolande prepared for bed, they were already making plans for the next day.

"We can dig a tremendous tunnel," said Yolande. "Right under the street-and we can make believe we are rabbits."

"Yes," added her brother, "and we can scare everybody that comes by."

Throughout the village everyone flung their windows wide open, the better to feel the rain as they slept. This, they believed, would assure them of fine dreams.

And soon the pattering rain soothed the villagers to sleep ...

The Happy Rain. Copyright © by Jack Sendak. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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