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Summary: On first glance, rainy days are no fun at all. As our narrator discovers, though, rain can be fun (like splashing in puddles) or important (like helping flowers grow). This is a first-person rhyming narrative about a rainy day.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 7
Age of Child: read with a 4-year-old child
Young Reader Reaction: Since we coincidentally pulled this from the shelf on a cloudy day, our preschooler immediately empathized with narrator's opening remarks. We got requests for several readings right away.
Adult Reader Reaction: The story reflects the narrator: its all stream-of-consciousness thinking about the good and bad things that rain offers. It's not really a story about "experiencing" rain. The rhyme helps it move quickly, which is good, because it gets tiresome quickly.
Pros: The illustrations are vivid, offering great contrast to a "grey" subject. The activities at the end of the book are a great complement.
Cons: The text is presented with shadows, multiple colors, different fonts, and different sizes. The frequency of the changes make it difficult to read and ultimately detract from the great illustrations.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Just thumbing through the illustrations is worth pulling the book from a library shelf (with or without the story).