Who Likes Rain?

Who Likes Rain?

by Wong Herbert Yee
     
 

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It's time to put on your rain gear for a rainy-day romp!

With spring come April showers. It's time to put on a raincoat, grab an umbrella, and head outdoors. The worms like rain, and so do the fish and frogs. But what about the cat and dog? In this lyrical picture book, one spunky little girl discovers just who likes rain—and who doesn't—as

Overview

It's time to put on your rain gear for a rainy-day romp!

With spring come April showers. It's time to put on a raincoat, grab an umbrella, and head outdoors. The worms like rain, and so do the fish and frogs. But what about the cat and dog? In this lyrical picture book, one spunky little girl discovers just who likes rain—and who doesn't—as she explores the rainy-day habits of the world around her.

Here is the second offering in Wong Herbert Yee's charming seasonal quartet. The simple text and interactive question-and-answer format make this book perfect for reading aloud with preschoolers any time of the year.

Who Likes Rain? is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

To the child who is stuck indoors at the mercy of Mother Nature, rain doesn't appear to be all that wonderful. But to the imaginative girl at the heart of this tale, it's a source of wonderment and the key to unearthing a soggy world where creatures thrive in wet weather. The delicate phrases of Yee's (Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole) loose, lyric verse recall the pitter patter of raindrops ("Who likes rain?/ Not Papa's old truck./ Who likes rain?/ Quack, quack.... It's a duck!"). But as the girl soon discovers, rain can also command a more demonstrative presence ("Pitty-plip-PLOP, Pitty-pat-SPLAT!/ I can catch raindrops in my hat"). His gorgeously textured colored pencil illustrations build on this liveliness, from the drain spout gushing a torrent of water and leaves, to the girl (in her bright yellow slicker) chasing her wayward umbrella across a field. As she explores the wet world around her, readers too learn that while rain may be a deterrent for some, it serves a purpose for the quacking duck or the frog that frolics in the "muckety-muck." And when the rain finally ceases, the girl finds a way to embrace its remains. This delightful story is the perfect panacea for the rainy-day blues and, in turn, creates its own bright spot. Ages 2-6. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins
Looking out the window at the wet landscape, the story's young main character complains to her mother about the weather but soon realizes the trees and flowers need the springtime rain. After donning her slicker, rain hat, and boots, she takes her umbrella and ventures outside to see how the precipitation impacts her neighborhood. With fun sound words dropping through the rhyming text, Wong Herbert Yee's gentle exploration of a rainy day is a delightful introduction to riddles and poetry. Illustrated in soft tones with colored pencils, Yee brings to life the joy of discovery and the sense of wonder the girl feels as she encounters a cat, a dog, a worm, a duck, a frog, and a fish. If used as a read-aloud, young listeners will enjoy filling in words and predicting who likes rain and who does not. Alternatively, the book's small size and large print will encourage emergent readers to try this story on their own. Anyone who has felt trapped inside on a stormy day will be encouraged to get out and explore familiar surroundings changed by the weather, and to have a great time getting wet.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
A young Asian girl muses about an early spring rain and how various animals and things are affected, playing a guessing game with readers and expressing her own delight in puddle jumping. Told in lilting rhyme-"Raindrops falling/Down in spring./Hit the awning,/ping-ping-ping !"-it's a perfect read-aloud for preschoolers and simple enough for beginning readers. Soft, gentle illustrations in acrylics capture the child's joy and make readers almost feel the pelting rain. A lovely choice for spring storytimes.
—Sally R. DowCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Young kids who don't already appreciate rain may change their minds after experiencing this small picture book that exuberantly pours on, in verse, the watery delights of a rainy day in April. Yee's impressionistic paintings and the subtle nature lessons are as gentle and soft as a spring shower. Youngsters will enjoy the onomatopoetic sounds of the rainfall and have fun answering the riddles posed here, too. Who likes rain? Why, a host of creatures, though Yee reminds us that cats, dogs and even "Papa's old truck" can well do without it. Of course, at the end, if children won't have already caught on, it seems as if it's the little girl herein who likes rain the most-with or without her bright raingear. Sweet. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466816510
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Wong Herbert Yee is the author and illustrator of Tracks in the Snow, Fireman Small and Big Black Bear, among other books. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he remembers his first grade teacher tacking one of his drawings on the bulletin board—ever since then, he's been an artist. He studied printmaking at Wayne State University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Troy, Michigan.


Wong Herbert Yee is the author and illustrator of Tracks in the Snow, Who Likes Rain, Fireman Small and Big Black Bear, among other books. Born in Detroit, Michigan, one of his favorite memories of childhood is of leaving the first tracks on fresh-fallen snow. He also remembers his first grade teacher tacking one of his drawings on the bulletin board—ever since then, he’s been an artist. He studied printmaking at Wayne State University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Troy, Michigan.

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