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Rain Romp: Stomping Away a Grouchy Day Hardcover – September 17, 2002


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reSchool-Grade 1-It's a gray and dreary day, one that matches the mood of the child in this story as she wakes up one morning. Even her mother's cheerfulness and Dad's "snazzy, jazzy tune" can't shake her from her gloom. Mom describes her as "Mad as a wet hen." But, truth be known, the girl feels even angrier; she and the sky are "-howling prowling scowling wolverines." But when she runs outside into the rain, stamping and stomping, that foul mood begins to melt away. Her parents join her "Raaaaaain romp!" and the storm, both outside and inside, subsides. Back home it's time for games and singing around a warm fire. Wolcott's watercolor-and-gouache illustrations are rendered in rainbow hues. The colors have been allowed to run so that they blend into each other, suggestive of the rain itself. A simple, pleasant story that would pair well with Don Freeman's Rainbow of My Own (Puffin, 1978).
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
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About the Author

Jane Kurtz knows a lot about moving. She was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was two years old her parents moved their family to Ethiopia to work for the Presbyterian Church there. Jane Kurtz is the author of novels, picture books, and chapter books. After living in North Dakota (where she survived a natural disaster), Colorado, Illinois, and Kansas, she moved back to Portland, Oregon, where she now lives with her husband, the Reverend Leonard L. Goering, H.R.



Dyanna Wolcott is the illustrator of Dog Days: Rhymes Around the Year by Jack Prelutsky and I Am Me by Karla Kuskin. She says that she's often felt just like the girl in Rain Romp, especially since she lives in a small seaport town in the Pacific Northwest where it often rains.


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Jane Kurtz was born in Portland, Oregon, but when she was two years old, her parents decided to move to Ethiopia, where she spent most of her childhood. She didn't live in the United States for more than a couple of year-long visits (in Boise and Pasadena) until she started college, feeling like an awkward outsider. Her books set in Ethiopia have helped her give glimpses into the land of her childhood.

Now Jane speaks about being an author at schools and conferences--in all but eleven of the United States, so far, and such places as Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, France, Germany, Romania, England, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Japan. Her travels have put her in touch with all kinds of kids who are changing the world, one kid at a time, something her idealistic parents made her also want to do. Thus she helped start Ethiopia Reads (www.ethiopiareads.org), a nonprofit that is planting the first libraries for children in Ethiopia.

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