From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–This collection artfully evokes the types of precipitation throughout the seasons. Twenty poems trace the yearly cycle through the leaf-clearing rains of autumn, the forceful squalls of winter, spring's gentle promise, and welcome summer showers. There's a poem by Robert Frost (“To the Thawing Wind”) and one by Carl Sandburg (“Summer Grass”), along with selections by Eve Merriam, Richard Lewis, and Issa's delightful “a bush warbler…/muddy feet wiped/on the plum blossoms.” The short poems are distinctive and well chosen, as in Lilian Moore's “Weather Report,” which imagines a wintry crystalline orchard. The delightful oil-on-paper illustrations in muted colors wrap around the text and add whimsical details such as sparrows in knitted caps and scarves. This attractive collection offers a delightful introduction to nature poetry.Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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With five short poems for each season of the year, this unassuming anthology offers a sampling of poems about rain. Following the anthologist’s introduction to the moods and sounds of rain at different times of year is a short commentary on haiku and its translation adapted from a book by poet, translator, and haiku aficionado William J. Higginson, whose approach has less to do with counting syllables than with capturing the spirit of the form. Gray’s collection of poems, nicely balanced in tone, style, and origin, includes eight Japanese haiku in translation and short works by a number of American poets, some renowned and others little known. Understated in color and somewhat stylized in form, the oil-on-paper illustrations capture the seasons of the year as well as the moods of the verse. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan