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It's Raining, It's Pouring

It's Raining, It's Pouring

by Peter, Paul, and Mary (Read by), Christine Davenier (Illustrator), Noel Paul Stookey (Performed by), Mary Travers (Performed by)

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In this unique offering of a book and CD recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the most beloved children's songs gets a rollicking picture book treatment by the beloved trio. Featuring witty and whimsical art by the renowned illustrator Christine Davenier, this stunning new book offers plenty of fun, whether it's raining or not. Complete with a CD


In this unique offering of a book and CD recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, one of the most beloved children's songs gets a rollicking picture book treatment by the beloved trio. Featuring witty and whimsical art by the renowned illustrator Christine Davenier, this stunning new book offers plenty of fun, whether it's raining or not. Complete with a CD featuring Peter, Paul & Mary's marvelous version of the title song, along with Peter Yarrow singing "Believe Town" and Noel Paul Stookey performing "Glory of Love," this beautiful picture book is perfect for rainy days, bedtime, or any time.

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Publishers Weekly
Davenier's (the Very Fairy Princess books) fluid artwork illustrates the lyrics to Peter, Paul, and Mary's 1962 recording, "It's Raining." When rain interrupts a group of kids' outdoor fun, they head indoors to play hide-and-seek, while one child reads in bed with the ailing "old man" (grandpa), who bumped his head on a flowerpot. The folk trio's lyrics reference the hide-and-seek game, and the verses draw in other nursery rhymes ("Hey Diddle Diddle"; "Star Light, Star Bright"); the song's original verse about burning ladybug children has been skipped, happily. In Davenier's capable hands, the grandparents' warm, welcoming home provides a cozy contrast to the gloomy weather, and the verses accompany whimsical fantasy scenes of grandpa and child interacting with nursery rhyme characters; along with the lines "Won't be my father's Jack./ No, I won't be my mother's Jill," the grandfather offers his ice pack to Jack, who has just tumbled down the hill. A sweet-natured interpretation with a happy ending—grandpa is certainly capable of getting up in the morning. An accompanying CD presents this and two other songs. Ages 4–up. (July)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Nursery rhymes and the game of hide-and-seek are mixed together to create this book based on the song performed by the singing group, Peter, Paul, and Mary. It's raining, so the kids in the family play the game as one of the kids reads the verses to grandpa who is in bed recuperating from a bump on the head. The "Raining" verse is repeated throughout the story as the countdown for the game. Other verses, such as "Star Light," and "Hey Diddle Diddle" are interspersed. A pleasant ending shows the kids surrounding grandpa's bed along with the "Olly, Olly, in free!" at the end of the game. Sketched but colorful illustrations show lots of details of the family and the house. A CD is imbedded in the back cover and contains the title song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, another song sung by Peter, and one sung by Noel Paul Stookey. Youngsters should enjoy listening to the CD as they follow the story in the book. The songs are calming and the book is pleasant, so it would be good for bedtime or a quiet time for young children. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This cozy picture book illustrates the classic song. The appropriately watery, dreamy spreads flesh out the lyrics, creating a variety of side stories for readers to enjoy. When the rain starts, Grandpa, the "old man," bumps his head on a hanging flower pot and is put to bed. Meanwhile, Grandma bakes an apple pie and kids peek out from every corner of the delightful house in an indoor game of hide-and-seek. Colorful watercolors provide appealing details and perspectives, from Grandpa in bed to the hide-and-seek game and then, following the song's lyrics, to a nursery rhyme ("Hey diddle-diddle") somewhere between fantasy and reality with grandpa and one of the children. The CD features this song and two others, and the illustrations work beautifully with the haunting melody. Both the book and the recording omit the song's original verse: "Lady Bug, Lady Bug, fly away home./Your house is on fire, and your children, they will burn, They will burn." A performers' note is included.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
In 1961, Peter, Paul and Mary made an extremely engaging piece combining the title ditty, a game of hide-and-seek and snatches of nursery rhymes; Davenier takes it a visual step further to make an absolutely engaging picture book. Fluid colors and vivacious line define the images, which not only show a wonderful old house with a warm kitchen and a fine old stairway, but a huge apple tree outside. Populating this cozy locale are a gaggle of children visiting grandma and grandpa. It's grandpa who is in bed with an ice pack on his head ("the old man is snoring. / Bumped his head…") The children, driven indoors by the rain, start a game of hide-and-seek. One moppet climbs into bed next to grandpa and reads to him. Familiar nursery rhymes ("Star light, star bright"; "Hey diddle-diddle") play out in the pictures with grandpa and moppet as actors. Meanwhile, the barefoot children (all of their shoes are lined up by the stairs) are quietly hiding in the closet, under the table where grandma is peeling apples and even under grandpa's bed! (That's where the twins are.) There's a big old dog and a ginger cat, and the cow who jumped over the moon--at least in grandpa's and moppet's imaginations--peeks in the window at "Olly, Olly in free!" And it looks like the sun has come out. A note about the song from the performers, Davenier's note about being at her grandmother's with all of her cousins and an enclosed three-song CD round out a near-perfect whole. The original song with its three-part counterpoint is deliciously imagined on these pages. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
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11.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Peter, Paul and Mary became famous for their ability to convey powerful personal and political messages through a repertoire of songs that resonated with millions of Americans in the 1960s. Their debut album, released in 1962, remained in the Top 10 for ten months, and the Top 20 for two years. Their first hit single, "Lemon Tree" was swiftly followed by "If I Had a Hammer," which became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement and was performed by the trio at the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech. Their classic song, "Puff, The Magic Dragon," has been a favorite of children for almost fifty years, and the book version was a number one bestseller. Over a span of more than fifty years, Peter, Paul and Mary touched the lives and hearts of tens of millions of people, won five Grammy Awards, produced thirteen Top 40 hits, and received eight gold and five platinum albums.

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