Puddles

Puddles

by Jonathan London, G. Brian Karas
     
 

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Morning is magical after a night of rain and thunder. And best of all are the puddles! Big ones, little ones, long ones, skinny ones. Splash! Splash! Splash! Put on your raincoat and join two puddle-jumpers in this bouncy read-along that's just right for a rainy day or any day.

Overview

Morning is magical after a night of rain and thunder. And best of all are the puddles! Big ones, little ones, long ones, skinny ones. Splash! Splash! Splash! Put on your raincoat and join two puddle-jumpers in this bouncy read-along that's just right for a rainy day or any day.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Brumby
"Ka-BOOM...drip...slup...plop!" Many wonderful sounds of rain and water accompany Karas's delightfully youthful illustrations of a brother and sister exploring outside after a night's storm. London offers some really nice poetry that children will enjoy hearing and reading aloud. A couple of slightly disconcerting examples (is thunder ceasing like a curtain rising on a new day; are worms crawling on the ground learning the ABCs of weather?) should be overlooked in order to partake in this joyous celebration of puddle-jumping on a bright, clean morning. Splash!
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
"Puddles...pieces of sky on the ground..." After a night of roaring thunder storms, two exuberant children explore the wet morning. Minimal text, lyrical and simple, captures the essence of their explorations from the downspouts to the pond, with all the delightful streams that run between. Primary pictures, in charcoal and pastels, remind little ones to check for splendor in all directions.
School Library Journal
PreS-KThe creators of Like Butter on Pancakes (Viking, 1995) join forces again, this time in a paean to a puddle-filled day. Karas's paint-and-pastel illustrations use earthbound perspectives and the yellow-green tones of early spring to evoke the morning after a storm. Two children romp through this watery world in visual compositions that are strong and satisfying. Unfortunately, London's verse, particularly his onomatopoeic phrases ("drip drip drip," "splash, splash, splash!"), lacks the auditory panache of Kimberley Knutson's Muddigush (Macmillan, 1992), Mary Serfozo's Rain Talk (McElderry, 1990), Taro Yashima's Umbrella (Viking, 1958), or even Like Butter on Pancakes. Images such as "worms squirm/and stretch and leave tiny trails/in the muck like sloppy writing/they're learning the ABCs/of weather" and "Birds flap/from the trees/and we think the trees/are applauding!" may not mean much to very young audiences. Still, London catalogues a glorious array of the delights of muddy weather, and Karas adds the zing.Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
From London (see review, above), a joyous celebration of a world all wet the morning after a night of rain. Brother and sister race outside to drink in the beauty and pleasure of a rain-soaked land: glittering beads in the pine needles, tiny rivulets on which to launch leaf boats, worms and frogs enjoying a good swim, a field of grass all pearly with droplets, and puddles—"Big ones, little ones, long ones, skinny ones—pieces of sky on the ground." The children pound their way through each and every one, getting properly drenched in the process. Then it's home to a bath, new clothes, a mug of cocoa, and back outside for another round of puddle-jumping. The text has a bouncy, pleasing lilt—"All night the slash/of rain and the flash/of lightning, and the/Ka-BOOM!/of thunder rattling/the house and all/the windows. We cuddle/between fright/and glee and want it/to stop/and never stop." The illustrations are full of light, color, and motion, especially in the adroit depictions of mud and water, reflections and perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140561753
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
202,980
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jonathan London is the creator of twenty-three books about lovable and enduringly popular Froggy. He is also a poet and a novelist. Jonathan and his wife live in Graton, California.

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