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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (June 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823400913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823400911
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1965 Caldecott Honor Book, 1965 ALA Notable Book, New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books -- Awards and Honors

A lovely, alive book. -- Publishers Weekly

From the Publisher

A classic volume of nonsense verse with a real story cleverly hidden inside the illustrations, still in print after more than 30 years.

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This is a charming book for children to read.
Anna Hahn
This book definately is weird- my daughter read it at school and picked it out at the library for my 2 year old son.
Campbell
This is a beautiful book for children, all about nonsense, and with beautiful illustrations.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
Oh JOY! Indeed what an absolute joy to type in the title 'Rain Makes Applesauce', and find out that this glorious book is in print again!
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna Hahn on October 25, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a charming book for children to read. Its silly phrases and fantastic illustrations will keep children entertained for countless readings.
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!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2002
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This was one of my absolute favorite books as a child. I used to make my mother check it out of the library again and again. I was fascinated by the elaborate drawings, but the rhymes of the book are also very memorable. I even received a copy as a adult when it came back into print! Now I will share it with my niece who is about the age that I was when I first read the book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 31, 2008
Format: School & Library Binding
This strange, weird and fascinating work, Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer and Marvin Bileck dates back to 1964. Fortunately it is still with us today, but is getting more difficult to find. This work consists of very strange and nonsensical sentences. Examples of these are "Salmon slide down a Hippo's hide, and rain makes applesauce," and "Monkeys mumble in a jelly bean jungle, and rain makes applesauce." These silly words cover two pages in a scroll type script, across and through some of the most interesting illustrations I have ever seen in a children's book.

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!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rita A. Miller on January 9, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a book that my daughters brought home from the library every-other time they went. They would take it back one week and get it again the next time. I think the reptition of each phrase ending in "rain makes applesauce" made them feel like they we're actually reading. as I recall, they had the book memorized after a while. The illustrations are wonderful also. This year they each received a copy for Christmas. They are now 26 and 27. They didn't open another gift until they read the book from cover to cover. One of the girls is a 3rd grade teacher and she has already used it in her classroom. Her class wrote a sequil....complete with illustrations. We'll never forget RAIN MAKES APPLESAUCE
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1998
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a wonderful book that we still treasure... and my daughter is now 22. The illustrations and the text together weave a fanciful, delightful story. It's special silliness has parent and child laughing together; the detailed illustrations with the text dancing on the pages in the same colors adds visual interest to the simple lines and the repeating refrain. It's very rewarding when a little-known, yet worthy book endures.
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