One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days

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Rita Gray has compiled twenty poems about precipitation, each written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg. Divided into poems written about rain within each of the four seasons, this compilation offers the reader a chance to revel in the beauty of precipitation and the poetry it inspires. The variety of poems opens the door for discussion of poetic styles, while Ryan O'Rourke's playful, yet sophisticated ...

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Overview

Go on... get wet!

Rita Gray has compiled twenty poems about precipitation, each written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg. Divided into poems written about rain within each of the four seasons, this compilation offers the reader a chance to revel in the beauty of precipitation and the poetry it inspires. The variety of poems opens the door for discussion of poetic styles, while Ryan O'Rourke's playful, yet sophisticated illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This playful group of 20 rain-themed poems includes the works of Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, and Hilda Conkling, among others, as well as several haiku in translation. Although rhymes (such as Dixie Willson's "I like the gray/ November day,/ And bare, dead boughs/ That coldly sway") are outnumbered by free verse poems and haiku ("stars on the pond--/ again, a pitter-patter/ of winter rain"), every poem is short, quietly illustrated, and organized by season. The muted tone of this collection may not make readers jump with excitement, but it is certainly well suited to a drizzly afternoon. Ages 6-9. (July)
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"Soft and refreshing."
—Kirkus Reviews

"This attractive collection offers a delightful introduction to nature poetry."
—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—This collection artfully evokes the types of precipitation throughout the seasons. Twenty poems trace the yearly cycle through the leaf-clearing rains of autumn, the forceful squalls of winter, spring's gentle promise, and welcome summer showers. There's a poem by Robert Frost ("To the Thawing Wind") and one by Carl Sandburg ("Summer Grass"), along with selections by Eve Merriam, Richard Lewis, and Issa's delightful "a bush warbler…/muddy feet wiped/on the plum blossoms." The short poems are distinctive and well chosen, as in Lilian Moore's "Weather Report," which imagines a wintry crystalline orchard. The delightful oil-on-paper illustrations in muted colors wrap around the text and add whimsical details such as sparrows in knitted caps and scarves. This attractive collection offers a delightful introduction to nature poetry.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570917165
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Over the years, Rita Gray's background in psychology and social work has given her the opportunity to work with children and their families, and this has allowed her to see the positive experience books present for kids. Rita spends her free time reading and writing poety. She's the author of several children's books, including MAMA MINE, MAMA MINE; EASY STREET; and THE WILD LITTLE HORSE. She and her family live in New York City.

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The Mist and All
—Dixie Willson
I like the fall,
The mist and all.
I like the night owl’s
Lonely call—
And wailing sound
Of wind around.
I like the gray
November day,
And bare, dead boughs
That coldly sway
Against my pane.
I like the rain.
I like to sit
And laugh at it—
And tend
My cozy fire a bit.
I like the fall—
The mist and all.

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