Rain Play

Rain Play

by Cynthia Cotten, Javaka Steptoe
     
 

Here it comes! Cool drops splash down, scattering the grown-ups. But the children love romping in the rain, until--BOOM!

This joyous, rhyming poem captures the many delights of a rainy day.

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Overview

Here it comes! Cool drops splash down, scattering the grown-ups. But the children love romping in the rain, until--BOOM!

This joyous, rhyming poem captures the many delights of a rainy day.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
This book is beautifully illustrated, with pages filled with artwork from top to bottom. Children's librarians will welcome this new addition to their collection. The rhyming text is well written and every word is necessary to cover the message. Children in the park are enjoying themselves when the sky grows dark. They use their imaginations during the rainy day in the park. They stay until they see lightning and hear thunder. They know it is time to go. Their father drives them home where they dry off and get warm. They look out the window at the rain, and soon the sun comes out. They realize that now the rain is over. Cotten, the author, has written several other books for youngsters. Steptoe, the artist, was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King award for his illustrations. Children will enjoy looking at the pictures while the story is read to them. It will be doubly rewarding when the children can read it for themselves. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- A rainstorm disrupts a group of children. Some scatter, some stay and play. It's fun until the lightning and thunder begin. Then the remaining kids make a run for dad's car. The rest of the storm is waited out at home. The text is written in rhythmic two-line rhymes: "See the breeze/toss the trees./Plip, plop./Drip, drop." Though there's not much of a story here, the illustrations make the rainstorm an event. Steptoe's cut-paper collages are filled with texture and motion. Facial features rendered in paint show the joy that the youngsters feel when the cool rain starts coming down and their relief at being indoors, warm and dry. These African-American kids exuberantly jump, splash, run, and puddle-stomp all around the playground. The pictures are so lively that they may inspire readers to try this simple pastime.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily-but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Superimposed on the art's wrinkled surfaces, the text's short couplets won't be a challenge even for newly emergent readers, and the laughing, brown- and yellow-skinned figures dance through the elongated raindrops with infectiously joyous abandon. The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805067958
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.72(w) x 10.93(h) x 0.33(d)
Lexile:
AD20L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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