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Rain Makes Applesauce Hardcover – June 1, 1964
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A lovely, alive book. -- Publishers Weekly
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I've read every other Amazon Customer Review of this book, & I agree with every single person: this is a Must-Have book for children AND adults. I have not seen it since my 4 years in college where I spent 4 years purchasing copies & either giving them as presents to my friends, or simply never getting them back when loaned. Hence when other reviewers right here tell you such things as 'my children had to take it out every other week from the library for YEARS because they adored it so much' - & that another actually went on to become an artist because of 'Rain' - & that Christmas simply STOPPED for yet another family while 2 excited daughters, now adult, put everything else aside until they'd re-read 'Rain' from end to end: BELIEVE THEM!
'Rain Makes Applesauce' is an infinitely memorable book with exquisite illustrations. It speaks to all whose hearts are young. Here is that rare, one-in-a million book suffused with an ineffable joy & replete with that exquisite silliness found only in the observations of those gifted with Innocence no matter what their chronological age. Children fall in love with this book the moment it begins. Adults do, too. Even if you don't have children: buy it for yourself. Or find a family to give it to, for the that singular pleasure found only in hearing the unstudied laughter of children welling up unstoppably and spilling out like - Yes! - like the most delicious of rains.
It is a childhood favorite of mine, one I have shared with numerous students. "Oh you're just talking silly talk," was a favorite saying from my childhood. Once I read this book to my students, they used the phrase too.
I'm thrilled to see this book in print again!
The illustrations are well; I can only call them mind boggling. They first appear to be quite cluttered and are extremely complicated and detailed. Now this is important....the adult mind will quite often glance at these pictures, become instantly overloaded, and then move on to the next page. Big, big, big mistake here! I did this myself when I first opened this book, but then I started watching children reading it. I mean reading it over and over and over again! I stopped, took a second look, and now I find myself reading it over and over and over again! There is something new to see each and ever time you go through this work! Each illustration covers two pages, is detailed in the extreme and lightly colored so as not to be completely overwhelming.
As to the text; it is a string of very silly statements, which by the way, is pointed out by a number of little pixie type kids hidden in the corner of many of the illustrations. You are reminded several times throughout the entire book that "Oh, you're just talking silly talk." If you read the text very closely and study the pictures very closely, you will find a common theme running throughout the book...Rain does indeed make applesauce!Read more ›
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One of the most beautifully illustrated books for children around.Published 5 months ago by Bernadette Hackett
I loved this book since i was a little girl. I must have checked it out of the library 50 times. I finally got my own copy but it slipped away. No problem, now I have another one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Leslie D. Novak
Rain Makes Applesauce is a wonderfully whimsical book. The rhythm and cadence of the writing is delightful and captivating. The illustrations hold many wonderful mysteries. Read morePublished 9 months ago by readermom
Wasn't sure what to expect from this book. My three year old and I weren't too impressed at first but I think it's grown on us over time.Published 11 months ago by Ariel
It's a great book with excellent graphics and joyous silliness to match. I've been giving it as a well-accepted gift for as long as the book's been in print which is about 50... Read morePublished 14 months ago by William Alan Moss
My daughter and I searched for this book for forty years. We could not remember the title nor the author. I googled it, and it popped right up on Amazon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by MARG