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.
What lovely text and perfect illustrations! This should be shared with elementary school children to model beautiful language. A treat for the ears and eyes! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Carol Ekster
I love the simple story. It has a special way of drawing you into it. Certainly reminds me of hot summer days and praying for rain.Published 3 months ago by Ocean
Bought for my wife's 3rd grade class, they love this book!!!!Published 7 months ago by Francis L. Jefferson III
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 7 months 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 7 months 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 9 months ago by jenny