When Rain Falls

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We go inside when the rain comes down, but where do animals go? That depends on the kind of animal and where it lives. Bees hide in hives and ants stay safe in underground nests. Squirrels pull their long bushy tails over their heads like umbrellas. Caterpillars crawl under leaves. This new book for young readers offers a first glimpse at how different animals in different habitats behave during a thunderstorm.

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Overview

We go inside when the rain comes down, but where do animals go? That depends on the kind of animal and where it lives. Bees hide in hives and ants stay safe in underground nests. Squirrels pull their long bushy tails over their heads like umbrellas. Caterpillars crawl under leaves. This new book for young readers offers a first glimpse at how different animals in different habitats behave during a thunderstorm.

In simple, easy-to-understand language, veteran children's book author Melissa Stewart takes a lyrical look at the behavior of animals in forests, fields, wetlands, and deserts and briefly describes how each creature interacts with its rained-soaked environment. Constance Bergum's soft, watercolor paintings colorfully depict the animals and special features of each habitat. Individual sidebar and panel illustrations provide close-up details of the natural world.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- After two children hurry inside to escape the rain, they gaze outdoors and wait for the end of the storm. Stewart elaborates on how various animals react to rain in different habitats: a forest, a field, a wetland, and a desert. The examples are clearly presented and interesting (e.g., squirrels use their bushy tails like umbrellas, hawks puff up feathers to keep warm). Bergum's well-rendered watercolors will facilitate group sharing. The page design of large panels separated by vertical white spaces adds visual interest. Unfortunately, the paintings of the children aren't as appealing as those of the animals in their environments. Still, the book would be a good choice for rainy-day sharing or to introduce a weather unit featuring such nonfiction classics as Franklyn Branley's Down Comes the Rain (HarperCollins, 1997).-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kirkus Reviews
When rain falls, children go indoors, but what do the animals do? A simple text and gentle watercolor illustrations, organized by habitat, reveal how in forests, fields, wetlands and deserts 22 different species respond. Some take cover; others carry their own protection. Spadefoot toads take advantage of the event to come out to lay their eggs. Besides the variety of animals, from squirrels and ladybugs through snakes and owls, the illustrations show vegetation appropriate to each environment. Displayed in squares and rectangles, they suggest looking through windows to the natural world outside. Although there are some odd proportions, the illustrations have a naturalistic feel and the information, though simple, is accurate. Beginning and ending with parallel scenes of a boy and girl flying a kite on a hillside, this should appeal to very young listeners curious about the natural world. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561454389
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 792,924
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart
Melissa Stewart
Award-winning author Melissa Stewart has written more than 50 science books for kids (and edited more than 200)! Her background in biology and journalism makes her perfect for bringing science to kids.
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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Snuggle up on a rainy day!

    A beautiful, lyrical story about animals both big and small and how they cope with a rainstorm. Have you ever wondered how a fragile butterfly survives the pounding rain? Tiny ants? Wonder no more. Kids will be fascinated by this glimpse into the natural world and animal behavior. Visit the author's website for more rainy day fun.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    When Rain Falls is one of five magical books (Under the Snow, A Place for Birds, A Place for Frogs, A Place for Butterflies) by Melissa Stewart. The rhythm of Ms. Stewart's writing is comforting to children. I recommend her books to parents of youngsters for their beauty of language as well as the knowledge they impart. Readers and not-yet-readers are enveloped in the world of nature in the richness and simplicity of both the writing and illustrations.

    Muggy

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    A Beautiful Book for Bedtime or a Rainy Day

    WHEN RAIN FALLS is a soothing, lyrical journey filled with interesting facts about where animals take shelter when rain falls. The text takes us through four different habitats: a forest, a field, a wetland, and a desert. The journey ends when the rain stops, allowing readers to spot the animals in their daily activities. This is a wonderful bedtime or rainy-day book that will leave children wondering and imagining the next time rain falls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    Great book!

    Wow, I'd never thought about what animals do in the rain before, and neither had my students. I loved sharing this book with them. Then I went to the author's website and found out there's a Readers Theater script to go with the book. It's a perfect way to help my second graders understand animal lifestyles and behaviors, and to help them develop empathy for the creatures all around us.

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