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Rain Dance
     

Rain Dance

by Kathi Appelt, Emilie Chollat (Illustrator)
 
Rain Dance

Your 1 1/2-year-old is beginning to reconize and identify animals.

Tips for reading and sharing:Share this book at both time and have your own "rain dance"Point to and name the animals in each pictureCount the number of animals on each page

Overview

Rain Dance

Your 1 1/2-year-old is beginning to reconize and identify animals.

Tips for reading and sharing:Share this book at both time and have your own "rain dance"Point to and name the animals in each pictureCount the number of animals on each page

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is raining but the creatures in this book don't seem to mind. One frog hops, two spiders skitter while three chickens flitter. The rain dance continues up to ten with that number of horses prancing, or it really looks more like dancing, along the fence. The book is designed to teach counting and animal recognition, but the animals are more stylized than realistic and the dogs look rather fearsome¾not a bit friendly. Part of the "Harper Growing Tree" series, which includes tips for reading and sharing stories and a web site with additional information. 2001, HarperFestival, $9.95. Ages 1 to 3. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-A delightful book with two words of rhyming text per page that celebrates rain while counting animals from 1 to 10-"6 Rabbits hurry/7 Ducklings scurry"-and ending with "10 Ponies prance/Rain dance!" Bright and bold illustrations depict expressive animals on double-page spreads, adding to the book's jovial nature. An ideal read-aloud that promotes counting and animal recognition, the book is perfect for children to explore on their own as well.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of farmyard creatures cavorts among the raindrops in this latest release in the Harper Growing Tree series. A simply wrought rhyme introduces the numbers one through ten as everything from a pair of skittering spiders to several scurrying ducklings scatter with the onslaught of rain. Written for the smallest toddler, Appelt's verses are appropriately brief without sacrificing any of the tale's fun. The playful, rhyming word-pairs highlight a bevy of familiar critters to pique the interest of young readers. Each new number has a two-page spread devoted to it, featuring the numeral in oversized print in the upper left-hand corner and a pair of words describing the creatures' activities-"5 Piggies squish." Chollat's accompanying illustrations capture a child's delight in all things splashy. The full-bleed, boldly colored paintings depict a motley assortment of critters gleefully scampering hither and yon. Delightfully silly drawings of the animals, from the Cheshire-cat grins on the frolicking felines to the herd of dancing ponies, are ideal for a preschool audience. Also, the uncluttered backgrounds and the large-sized figures make counting opportunities a bit easier for novices. Puddle-loving tots are bound to revel in all this squashy fun and learn a little something, too. (Picture book. 1-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780694012916
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
Growing Tree Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 8.79(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author


Kathi Appelt, at the age of seven, stumbled and fell into an alligator pit in San Antonio, Texas, a place where there should be no alligators or alligator pits. Fortunately she was a lot bigger than the alligator, who was more scared of her than she was of it!

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