Join a farming
family as they experience the full range of a thrilling seaside
thunderstorm—from the wild wind and the very first drops; to the pouring,
pouring rain; to the wonderful messy mud after the sun returns!
rhyming text and vivid artwork from Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator, Beth Krommes, this sublime depiction of
nature’s patterns turns a storm into a celebration.
on a white-washed New England farmhouse and the fields and ocean that surround
it, Krommes’s nostalgic scratchboard and watercolor spreads bring newcomer
White’s clipped verse to life. … White’s graceful pacing spreads the energy of
the storm across the arc of the story, while Krommes’s primitive folk art gives
a sense of the rhythms of life and nature that recur from season to season,
year to year.
rhymes, measured and musical, trace the arc of the day, from morning to
moontime, with astonishing restraint, grace and fluidity. Words land on
readers’ ears with the pleasing, plodding patter of raindrops. Unexpected
word choices endow simple poetry with remarkable inflections…”
lines of text are evocative and brief, giving children the opportunity to savor
the words. The scratchboard-and-watercolor pictures expand the text… offering
more to see on each reading. A joyous, pelting, dripping celebration.
Booklist, starred review
first-time author and a Caldecott Medalist convey the transformative experience
of a rainstorm.
spare text augments the striking scratchboard and watercolor
illustrations. Round shapes and subtle warm colors create a sense of love
and safety despite the storm… a strong choice for storytimes and one-on-one
Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2015/National Council for the Social Studies/ Children's Book