The book's collaborators, more like alchemists, work wonders. Muth's sunbaked watercolors perfectly convey the washed-out, drought-stricken world, while Hesse's gripping narrative--a detailed prose poem written in the voice of the watchful, pigtailed Tessie--conveys undaunted hope and anticipation. Like a long-limbed little bird--all twiggy arms and legs--Tessie moves through the neighborhood, observing her Mamma, her friends, the skies, even the streets:
Up and down the block,As the downpour approaches, Tessie gathers her neighborhood friends for a romp in the raindrops. Their eager anticipation is matched by a rain shower so gigantic, it even makes their mothers run into the street. It's literally the stuff that dreams are made of--my own daughter dreamed of the delicious downpour the night we first read the book. (Click to see a sample spread. Text ©1999 by Karen Hesse. Illustrations ©1999 by Jon J. Muth. Reproduced with permission of Scholastic, Inc.) (Ages 5 and older) --Jean Lenihan
heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway....
I stare out over rooftops,
past chimneys, into the way off distance.
And that's when I see it coming,
clouds rolling in,
gray clouds, bunched and bulging under a purple sky.
A creeper of hope circles round my bones.
"Come on, rain!" I whisper.
This book is a beautiful celebration of rain and friendship. Every elementary school teacher should have one. I actually first learned about it from a 6th grade teacher. Read morePublished 3 days ago by N. Zakrzewski
The illustrator and author work hand and hand to create a feel of the city in a heat wave and the families who live there. Read morePublished 20 days ago by berna
A lovely book. Jon Muth's water colors illustrate the heat of a summer day and the cooling of the welcome rain perfectly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jenny
The weather is oppressive, the plants and the people are wilting but wait! What is that on the horizon? Rain clouds! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Liz Pomeroy
My kids have really enjoyed this book. The art work is just superb and beautifully done. The story is also entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by perrymasonary
Great for Kids! What a sweet book...can't wait to read it. I loved it the first minute that I saw the cover!Published 19 months ago by Janet Scott
This book has simply phenomenal illustrations -- from the grey, dusty, dry cityscapes at the beginning, to the gleeful postures and refreshed cool blue pavements at the end. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by M. Heiss