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Rainstorm
     

Rainstorm

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by Barbara Lehman
 

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It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.

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It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Lehman's creation recalls old-fashioned English adventure stories that use charmed means to bring coddled children outdoors for healthy fun. Now even nonreaders can have a magic adventure story of their very own; they'll treasure it.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. . . . This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.
School Library Journal, Starred

Lehman compacts a wealth of storytelling into her wordless narrative. . . . Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Once again, Lehman provides purely colored, precisely rendered artwork that capably captures both adventures and emotions.
Booklist, ALA

This wordless book is close kin to Lehman's 2005 Caldecott Honor, The Red Book: again, clean, rectilinear compositions connote confinement of place and spirit, though the heavy, rough-edged drafting has a softer effect here, lightened by vistas of sea, sky, and happy children. The motif of an imaginative journey to a place virtually the opposite of the one escaped also recurs, though with significant differences: except for the not-quite-impossible tunnel and mood-reflecting weather, this is a realistic tale of finding friendship--or, perhaps, of overcoming sadness. . . . And there are plenty of significant visual details and connections to mull over as viewers put these curious events into words.
Horn Book

Publishers Weekly

Like her previous titles (Museum Trip; The Red Book), Lehman's new book follows a lone child on a magical wordless journey. But this one celebrates a slightly more plausible trip, and offers its hero friendship. As the book opens, a boy dressed neatly in short pants and a tie listlessly kicks his ball around a stately gray manor house on a rainy day. He finds an old key under a chair, and, after a couple of false starts, locates the trunk it opens. Within the trunk, a ladder leads down into a tunnel, a long passageway and then a winding staircase up again. He emerges atop a sunny island lighthouse, where he's greeted by three children. In Lehman's watercolors, the landscape emerges in sturdy forms and cheerful solid hues, an ideal setting for the magnificent day the boy spends with his new friends, flying kites and playing catch. The boy's contentment shows in his bare feet and open shirt. Better still, unlike most magical journeys, this one can be repeated. The next day is another wet one, and the boy, hurrying through the tunnel, meets the lighthouse children coming the other way toward him. Lehman's creation recalls old-fashioned English adventure stories that use charmed means to bring coddled children outdoors for healthy fun. Now even nonreaders can have a magic adventure story of their very own; they'll treasure it. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The rain pours down outside, watched through the window by a young boy. When he retrieves the ball, first seen on the half-title page, that has rolled under a chair, he is surprised to discover a key. After trying several locks, he finds that it opens a large chest, which reveals a descending ladder. And here this visual, totally wordless tale really begins. Down the ladder he goes, through a door, up a winding staircase, to find himself atop a lighthouse. There he meets three other children and a dog, with whom he happily plays until sunset. As the lighthouse light goes on, he quickly puts his clothes in order and returns home for dinner. But after going to bed, he returns down the ladder in the chest to bring his new friends home to play with him. The story is told both in sets of six small scenes and in full-page framed settings. Although there are details and implied action, like the boy's tie and kites flying in the wind, there is a decided stillness in the adventure. Perhaps it is the heavy black ink outlines and flat, filled in areas painted with watercolor and gouache that convey this quiet, like a silent film. The reader must supply the dialogue and sound effects, and ponder the meaning of the final illustration of the children playing with blocks with blue sky, clouds, and the lighthouse visible through the window. Added to the puzzle are the different fronts and backs of the jacket and cover, with clouds seen in the window behind the boy as he looks at the shining raindrops.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
In a mansion by the sea, a lonely boy finds a mysterious key under a chair. Curious to discover what it opens, he tries each lock until finally he succeeds in opening a large trunk with a ladder inside. As he climbs down the ladder, he finds himself in a passageway beneath the sea that eventually leads him to a lighthouse where a group of children and their dog become his instant friends. They have lunch, play ball, fly kites, and play on the beach until it is time for him to retrace his steps. This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. The mystery of the key, the discovery of the passageway, and the obvious enjoyment of the children at play are all pleasantly depicted in brightly colored, simple watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations that combine full-page images, spreads, and pages of sequential panels. There are nicely done details such as the elaborate dinner service placed on the table at the mansion and the spiral stairway at the lighthouse. This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.
—Carol ScheneCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618756391
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/09/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
427,703
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Lehman's creation recalls old-fashioned English adventure stories that use charmed means to bring coddled children outdoors for healthy fun. Now even nonreaders can have a magic adventure story of their very own; they'll treasure it.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. . . . This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.
School Library Journal, Starred

Lehman compacts a wealth of storytelling into her wordless narrative. . . . Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Once again, Lehman provides purely colored, precisely rendered artwork that capably captures both adventures and emotions.
Booklist, ALA

This wordless book is close kin to Lehman's 2005 Caldecott Honor, The Red Book: again, clean, rectilinear compositions connote confinement of place and spirit, though the heavy, rough-edged drafting has a softer effect here, lightened by vistas of sea, sky, and happy children. The motif of an imaginative journey to a place virtually the opposite of the one escaped also recurs, though with significant differences: except for the not-quite-impossible tunnel and mood-reflecting weather, this is a realistic tale of finding friendship—or, perhaps, of overcoming sadness. . . . And there are plenty of significant visual details and connections to mull over as viewers put these curious events into words.
Horn Book

Meet the Author


Barbara Lehman has illustrated many books for children, including The Red Book, which was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 2005. Born in Chicago, Barbara attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she earned a BFA in communication design. A full-time illustrator, Barbara says, “Books and art have always held the strongest attraction for me. I have always felt drawn to ‘commercial art’ because of its ability to reach many people. I like the idea of being part of the media in a meaningful and thoughtful way, especially with children as the audience.” She lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Visit her website at www.barbaralehmanbooks.com.
 

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Rainstorm 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Sorry I'm late!" She mewed, sprinting in. She carried a fresh caught mouse, its fear scent still lingering. She was already a good hunter.
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