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Summary: Mari and her brother Jason awaken to find that all the clocks in their house have stopped running. It is 7:06 am. Something strange is going on, and they hear a voice calling them to come out of the house. The voice is Sister Rain, a mermaid, who invites them to join her on a nature tour. The children are nervous but Sister Rain gains their trust. Together with Sun Father, Earth Mother, and Brother Wind, Sister Rain introduces the children to nature’s beauty, function, and power. This is a fantasy adventure that explores nature.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 12; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 8 to 11
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: The book is interesting, enjoyable, and educational.
Pros: The author is an imaginative and creative storyteller. The book will pique the curiosity of most adolescent readers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. While this as an educational and enjoyable book, it is not one that will be read lots of times.
Educational Themes: The purpose of this book is to help children understand the importance of nature, conservation, and habitat. The vignettes will generate lots of questions for readers and provide springboards for substantive conversation and discussion.