Hello, friends! Our book today is Rain, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Lisa Congdon, a lyrical ode to the joys of a rainy day.
As a light spring storm approaches a country home, there a signs of the weather change everywhere: birds chatter to inform each other of the oncoming rain; squirrels and cats head for cover (trees and indoor windowsills, respectively); children come in from play; ducks excitedly waddle off to the pond. And when the rain comes, “it is glorious!”, bringing water to flowers, birdbaths, dogs bowls, and the creek. Even those who have sheltered inside enjoy the pitter-patter from their cozy vantage point. In all, rain brings lovely things, and leaves each place it visits a little better for having been.
Cheerfully mellow. Rylant’s text reads with the cadence of a meditative nature poem, and makes for a wonderful experience when reading the book aloud, especially when paired with Congdon’s understated yet eye-catching illustrations. Meanwhile, the text also manages to tuck in some tidbits that kids will find fascinating, such as that dogs can smell rain a day before it arrives. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ loved the bright, warm illustrations and the engaging text. Overall, a perfect rainy-day read, and Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)