Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Thomas Allen
age 3-5, 5-8
Written by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Synopsis from Thomas Allen:
One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles—“Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!”—while the old man curses the “dang puddles.” Can the boy’s natural exuberance (and perhaps a cookie) cheer up the grouchy gentleman and turn the day around?
You look out the window and see rain, your first reaction probably isn’t glee. Unlike kids who can’t wait to pull out the umbrellas and splash in puddles. Rain! illustrates this beautifully and reminds us to embrace our inner child (and let our kids be kids). Too quickly our children loose this fun spirit. Rain! also shows how your mood can radiate out to those around you. Even if the world around your child is gloomy, sometimes all it takes is a smile or kind word to change the outcome. Spread a little love.
I love when a book written for children speaks to me as an adult too. It reminds me of the challenge we posed to everyone, the challenge to simply say HI.
You can find a copy of Rain! by visiting your local bookstore or Thomas Allen. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations.
I have to thank Thomas Allen for my review copy.