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Rain Paperback – 2000

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Trumpet (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590019694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590019699
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,429,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
"Rain" is yet another memorable work by Peter Spier.
Like "Peter Spier's Christmas!", "Rain" is a wordless picture book that beautifully captures the essence of the moment that Mr. Spier is trying to convey. Childhood memories are faithfully recorded in a montage of images that we all know and remember.
The amount of detail in Spier's work is staggering, but not overdone. Everything just seems to fit. Upon repeat viewings, the reader captures another hidden detail. Obviously, Mr. Spier knew what it was like to live around older homes, with all of their idiosyncrasies. Here we see an old, uneven brick doorstep. Ornamental decoration on the pillars of the family porch. The assorted flotsom and jetsom that fills the yard of a large, old home, and the children's room in particular. All of these and more are extremely accurate reditions of an older home.
We also see the child's viewpoint of rain. The standing in running water by the curb, the walking under a broken gutter with your umbrella, the colors that jump out from rain-soaked flowers, the wind, the warm cocoa Mom provides upon returning home to tell of your adventures. All of it is here, and real, and true-to-life.
The story follows two children as they spend the day experiencing their world during a rainstorm. Nothing more. Nothing less. It's that simple, and that beautiful.
Buy this book.
There is nothing more to say.
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Format: Turtleback
I want to own this book in hardcover. It is a keeper. You can look and look again seeing more each time you look at these scenes of family life and the natural world. Thanks, Mr. Spier.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Along with another reviewer, I'm sadden to see that Rain, and many other of Mr. Spier's beautiful books, is out of print.

My son is now a grown man but my nephew and his wife just had their first child. I was thinking about getting them some of the books that were favorites around here when our boy was growing up.

Rain was one of the first ones that came to mind.

I have a particularly fond memory associated with this book. Many years ago I was sitting in our kitchen while my wife was out in the living room "reading" this wordless book with our young son on her lap. His belly laughter filled the house. I heard them chatting back and forth telling stories about each panel and them breaking out in laughter. I loved just sitting in the kitchen listening to the two of them. Providing the occasion for that kind of joy in a home is a great gift.

It inspired me to write a note to Mr. Spier to describe the scene and tell him how much I appreciated the gift of his work. I sent it off to the publisher without any idea that he might actually receive it. He not only got the note, he responded in a most gracious manner, alluding that he appreciated the positive feedback since his own children weren't quite sure that his occupation as an author of childrens' books was entirely respectable. From his writing, I could see why even his wordless books are so charming.

I highly recommend all of his books. Christmas (alas, also out of print) is another favorite.
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By Mandy on November 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Originally found it at the library. My 2 & 3 year old loved making up their own story and pointing out the story in their own way. I look forward to owning this one and getting other works from this author!
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Format: Paperback
"Rain" was my favorite book when I was a kid.

The illustrations are vibrant, detailed and comforting. They teach you to celebrate rain and respect it, an important lesson for a kid growing up in the Pacific Northwest.

It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I found this book again only to realize that it was a picture book. From what I remember, there were many, many story lines!

I'm sad to see that "Rain" is out of print. If you find one at a second-hand bookstore, buy it! If you don't have kids, donate it to a library.
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Format: Hardcover
My children grew up with his wordless books. They loved them long after they were able to read. Why aren't they available in hardcover anymore??
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Format: Hardcover
Another outstanding wordless book by Peter Spier, this one follows a young brother and sister as they don raincoats, hats, and umbrellas to enjoy a rainy day outdoors. As in Christmas!, the book is illustrated with minutely detailed drawings showing varied aspects of the childrens' experience.

The reader can almost feel the drenching rain and hear the games the children play as they explore their transformed world. The visual experience of a cool, wet outdoors contrasts with the steam of the warm kitchen and bath after they come inside to enjoy the comfort of a family meal at the end of the day. This story is one of exploring and experiencing the natural world, but the adventure begins and ends in a secure home which bears the stamp of their parents' hard work and loving demeanor. An irresistible read.
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Format: Paperback
This is the perfect book to enjoy on a rainy day, or any day for that matter. The rich detail that is not overdone draws the reader into the moment. Even though there are no words, there is much to comment on as we enjoy this book together. Like Peter Spier's other books, he shows life as it is meant to be: messy, joyful, and exuberant.
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