Rain!

  • Title: Rain!
  • Author: Linda Ashman
  • Illustrator: Christian Robinson
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication year: 2013
  • Brief Summary: From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-“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?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this lesson plan from Linda Ashman’s website that covers emotional, visual, and reading literacy and activities.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Ever since we did our group presentation on Robinson, I have really enjoyed his illustrations. I think especially in this book they really capture and add to Ashman’s story. My favorite set of illustrations are the set where the old man and the little boy exchange hats and the reader sees the grumpiness of the old man recede.

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