Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Reading 2015 Raindrops Fall All Around


A charming look at a rainy day. Rhyming text takes the reader through scenes in nature and in the city. Ducks paddle on a lake. Water flows into a storm drain. One of my favorite illustrations is that of the two puppies shaking off the raindrops. The picture captures the motion of the flapping ears and the water flying through the air as it is shaken off. As a dog owner, I know that look very well. I also enjoyed the way the illustrations focused on animals rather than humans. Young readers will enjoy the puppies, bunnies, and other critters.

This would make a good read-aloud for primary grade students. It could be used to introduce the topic of weather, or contrasting the city versus the country setting. The bright colors keep it from being a gloomy, dark rainy day. I can imagine readers wanting to go out and play in the rain after finishing the book. 

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. 

Some readers may recognize the author's name from his other rhyming stories, such as Mice Are Nice.

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