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I Love the Rain [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Park Bridges , Christine Davenier
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Book Description

Molly hates rainy days. The gray sky, the soggy wait for the school bus, they seem to make everyone grumpy. Everyone except her friend Sophie, who shows Molly the magic she has been missing.

The simple, poetic language in this lovely book takes readers on a journey from the girls' first tentative steps into the drizzle to a rain-drenched romp in a puddle. The lyrical text is perfectly matched by the joyful watercolor paintings, which capture not only the color and beauty of a rainy day, but the warm interactions of the girls' blossoming friendship. An exuberant homage to finding pleasure where it's unexpected, the power of imagination, and the joys of friendship, I Love the Rain will have readers singing, "Sun, sun, go away!"

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Molly hates the rain but her friend revels in it. Putting her umbrella aside, Sophie exclaims, "What's so great about being dry?" As the girls wait for the school bus, Molly is eventually caught up in her pal's imaginative vision of the weather's effects. As leaves get swept like runaway rafts down the street gutter, Molly gamely adds, "Rafts for ants?" Now she joins in the fun as they pretend to ride racecar raindrops down the bus window or lead a parade down the steamy street with rain like confetti on their faces. Molly's Mom's warning, "‘Careful, girls! You're going to get all wet!'" allows her daughter to hark back to Sophie's initial statement and to declare her newfound love for the rain. The sensual text has an easygoing, almost stream-of-consciousness flow. Although it is occasionally challenging to determine who is speaking, the overall reading experience is one of poetry in motion. The loose, scratchy pen-and-ink drawings, augmented with vibrant watercolors, lend an evocative atmosphere to the text. The girls with their brightly colored umbrellas provide contrast to the more subdued saturated backgrounds. The author and artist have created both a concrete and an interpretive vision that captures the delight of childhood and an appreciation for nature.– Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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PreS-Gr. 2. "I hate the rain!" grumbles red-haired Molly, huddled miserably under her red umbrella. "What's so great about being dry?" asks her friend Sophie, umbrella down and mouth open to catch the raindrops. As the girls make their way home from school, exuberant Sophie encourages Molly to spark her imagination and see gleaming beauty and fun games in the rainy streets: leaves floating down the gutter are "rafts for ants"; raindrops charging down the school bus windows are race cars. By the time Molly's mother meets the girls at the bus stop, a soaking wet, delighted Molly is dancing and singing. Davenier's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, reminiscent of the artist's striking work in C. M. Millen's Low-Down Laundry Line Blues (1999), beautifully capture a girl's transformation from drooping depression to high-spirited joy with just a few swooping lines. Teachers and parents will want this to liven up gloomy, rainy-day story hours or to start discussions about moods and feelings: the spare text's lively dialogue will read well to a crowd. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • File Size: 4979 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC; Library Binding edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AOFD0QW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent kidlit. February 12, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Margaret Park Bridges, I Love the Rain (Chronicle, 2005)

I Love the Rain is the kind of kids' book I stumble upon all too rarely, and the kind (doesn't it always work this way?) I think should be the most common: this is a book about possibilities. It's about imagination and playing pretend and all those things kids do when they're faced with some minor misfortune and need to find a way to turn it into something useful, or at least pleasurable. You don't like the rain? Make it into something else. It's still rain, but all the sudden it's a great deal more fun. I'm not sure whether it's just a positive side effect or whether it happens by definition, but when you stumble upon this sort of book, the sort that's about imagination and playing let's pretend, you always find great language, stuff that borders on the poetic, stuff that's rooted in the image. I've read a lot of kids' books recently, and I think that, from the standpoint of the writing alone, this may be the best of them I've run across since Randall Jarrell's The Bat-Poet (which I found in 1999). Definitely one for the kids' bookshelf. ****
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rain rain come again! January 28, 2009
Format:Hardcover
Molly hates the rain. But her best friend Sophie does not...and Sophie is about to show Molly that the rain is not actually depressing, it's fantastic. This is an adorable picture book that demonstrates imagination and friendship and carefree youth. A puddle isn't just a puddle; it's a face with raindrop freckles. Slowly over the course of the book Molly comes to see that the rain isn't a pain, it's great and even better than "Rain rain go way" is "Sun sun go away." I really liked the watercolor illustrations as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely! December 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a lovely book! It brings back the joy of childhood through the soft images and imaginative narrative of two young girls discovering the joy in a rainy day. Beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for my Kindle Reader For The Grandkids August 23, 2013
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Since I always carry my Kindle Fire with me where ever I go...I thought I would start downloading books for the Grandkids
so that Grandma always had something to read to them no matter where we were. I highly recommend the idea to both
Grandparents and Parents alike...and even Uncles and Aunties. It is a compact way to always have a Story at hand to
share with them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Territic August 10, 2013
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I have this book in hardbound but wanted it for my grandkids wherever I am. It's a family favorite for each of my little ones. Umbrellas are a childhood treasure I've never outgrown. It's a terrific story.
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More About the Author

Margaret Park Bridges was born in New York City and raised in Portland, Oregon. She started writing poetry and won the Academy of American Poets Prize while attending Bowdoin College. She wrote a one-act comedy called "Looking Out," which was made into a short film by a film student at NYU and also performed at the Quaigh Theater in New York City and in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she was married. After moving to Massachusetts, she won the Special Award for Excellence in Japan's Suntory Mystery Fiction Competition for "My Dear Watson." Later, when her daughters were young, she wrote several children's picture books. She is pleased to see "My Dear Watson" in print again--this time finally in English! She works for an educational publisher in Boston and lives with her haiku poet husband in Littleton, Massachusetts.

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