From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—A rainstorm disrupts a group of children. Some scatter, some stay and play. It's fun until the lightning and thunder begin. Then the remaining kids make a run for dad's car. The rest of the storm is waited out at home. The text is written in rhythmic two-line rhymes: "See the breeze/toss the trees./Plip, plop./Drip, drop." Though there's not much of a story here, the illustrations make the rainstorm an event. Steptoe's cut-paper collages are filled with texture and motion. Facial features rendered in paint show the joy that the youngsters feel when the cool rain starts coming down and their relief at being indoors, warm and dry. These African-American kids exuberantly jump, splash, run, and puddle-stomp all around the playground. The pictures are so lively that they may inspire readers to try this simple pastime.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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For kids, a rainy day can be pure play, and this exuberant rhyming poem and buoyant illustrations testify to that. “At the park the sky grows dark. / See the breeze toss the trees. Plip, plop. Drip, drop.” As raindrops splatter, most of the people scatter while others linger as they respond to the refreshing coolness: “Running, Romping, Puddle Stomping.” The succinct verse opens a watergate for Steptoe’s cut-paper-and-paint collages to express a variety of sensations in a fresh-as-rain style. The backgrounds of textured papers stream across the spreads in watery colors as the distinctive African American faces in shades of brown and umber reflect differing emotions and provide the drama. The look here is the flip side of the tissue collages in Steptoe and Karen English’s A Hot Day on Abbott Avenue (2004). Use these together in a story hour about the way weather affects a day. Preschool-Grade 2. --Julie Cummins