Rain Rain Rivers
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Rain Rain Rivers

by Uri Shulevitz
     
 

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It rains! It rains all over town, pattering congenially on windowpanes and rooftops. From indoors, a child watches, listens, and feels a delicious coziness. It rains on the fields, the hills, the ponds. The streams and brooks, the rivers and seas, surge and swell exuberantly. Tomorrow there will be warm mud to play in, and puddles, and in the puddles "pieces of sky

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It rains! It rains all over town, pattering congenially on windowpanes and rooftops. From indoors, a child watches, listens, and feels a delicious coziness. It rains on the fields, the hills, the ponds. The streams and brooks, the rivers and seas, surge and swell exuberantly. Tomorrow there will be warm mud to play in, and puddles, and in the puddles "pieces of sky." It pours.
This picture book by the winner of the 1969 Caldecott Medal is a lyrical celebration of rain's inspiring effect on Mother Nature--on human nature, too. Its few words and panoramic pictures are buoyant with growth and freshness.

Rain Rain Rivers is a 1969 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year.

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“A child listens to the sound of rain, imagines various places where the rain is falling, and anticipates the plant growth and puddle play that will follow...The pictures all emphasize the nurturing, miraculous, and temporary qualities of a rainfall.” —Starred, School Library Journal

“Lilting.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
This lilting book follows rain's journey as it falls from the sky into cities, ponds, streams and the oceans, affecting the activities of the girl narrator. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
In this beautifully written poetic story, the author invites the reader to experience the sights and sounds associated with rain. It rains all over town, over the fields, hills, and grass. The author describes how rain sounds on the window and the roof. Children and animals enjoy the rain, and the plant life begins to grow. The children have fun running barefoot through the puddles and playing in the mud. Frogs jump about, the birds use the rainwater to bathe themselves, and the trees are nourished by the falling water. The pictures are beautifully colored, utilizing various shades of blue, yellow, and green. This is a great book to use to help children understand the journey of rainwater from drain pipes to the ocean. The author's use of descriptive words and soothing pictures encourage the reader to visualize the beauty of a rain shower and remember childhood fun on a wet and rainy day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374461959
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
08/08/2006
Series:
Sunburst Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
717,600
Product dimensions:
10.05(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
AD140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Uri Shulevitz is a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and author. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, on February 27, 1935. He began drawing at the age of three and, unlike many children, never stopped. The Warsaw blitz occurred when he was four years old, and the Shulevitz family fled. For eight years they were wanderers, arriving, eventually, in Paris in 1947. There Shulevitz developed an enthusiasm for French comic books, and soon he and a friend started making their own. At thirteen, Shulevitz won first prize in an all-elementary-school drawing competition in Paris's 20th district.

In 1949, the family moved to Israel, where Shulevitz worked a variety of jobs: an apprentice at a rubber-stamp shop, a carpenter, and a dog-license clerk at Tel Aviv City Hall. He studied at the Teachers' Institute in Tel Aviv, where he took courses in literature, anatomy, and biology, and also studied at the Art Institute of Tel Aviv. At fifteen, he was the youngest to exhibit in a group drawing show at the Tel Aviv Museum.

At 24 he moved to New York City, where he studied painting at Brooklyn Museum Art School and drew illustrations for a publisher of Hebrew books. One day while talking on the telephone, he noticed that his doodles had a fresh and spontaneous look—different from his previous illustrations. This discovery was the beginning of Uri's new approach to his illustrations for The Moon in My Room, his first book, published in 1963. Since then he was written and illustrated many celebrated children's books. He won the Caldecott Medal for The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, written by Arthur Ransome. He has also earned three Caldecott Honors, for The Treasure, Snow and How I Learned Geography. His other books include One Monday Morning, Dawn, So Sleepy Story, and many others. He also wrote the instructional guide Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books. He lives in New York City.

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