Otto's Rainy Day

Otto's Rainy Day

by Natasha Yim, Pamela R. Levy
     
 

Otto wants to go outside in the rain and play, but his work-at-home mom makes him stay indoors. So Otto lets his imagination loose inside the house, pretending to be a fireman, a monkey in the jungle, a circus acrobat, and a famous chef. Each flight of fancy produces increasingly chaotic results. Otto's attempt to appease his mother backfires, but Otto learns that

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Otto wants to go outside in the rain and play, but his work-at-home mom makes him stay indoors. So Otto lets his imagination loose inside the house, pretending to be a fireman, a monkey in the jungle, a circus acrobat, and a famous chef. Each flight of fancy produces increasingly chaotic results. Otto's attempt to appease his mother backfires, but Otto learns that although patience may wear thin, parental love endures.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Otto loves running through mud puddles and catching raindrops on his tongue, but when he puts on his slicker and red boots one rainy day, his mother is too busy to take him outside. The disappointed boy uses his imagination and becomes a fireman as he slides down the banister, a monkey in the jungle as he climbs up the green curtains, and a trampoline artist on the living room sofa. Each game ends with a crash and a boom, and his mother's patience becomes increasingly short. Otto has the perfect solution to make it all up to her-"A great big chocolate cake." That, of course, makes the biggest mess of all, resulting in more reprimands and a tearful child. Finally, Otto's mom decides that playing outside in the rain is much more fun-and more important-than work. The realistic watercolor drawings are particularly effective in depicting the youngster's imaginings, especially the jubilant monkey sporting Otto's yellow-and-white striped socks on his apelike feet. The story itself, though, is somewhat purposeful and geared more toward adults than children. Yim seems to be urging parents to take time to enjoy the small things in life with their children.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570914003
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.33(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Natasha Yim is the author of Sacajawea of the Shoshone, Cixi, "The Dragon Empress" and Otto's Rainy Day. She lives in Northern California with her family.

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