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Rainstorm Hardcover – April 9, 2007

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—In a mansion by the sea, a lonely boy finds a mysterious key under a chair. Curious to discover what it opens, he tries each lock until finally he succeeds in opening a large trunk with a ladder inside. As he climbs down the ladder, he finds himself in a passageway beneath the sea that eventually leads him to a lighthouse where a group of children and their dog become his instant friends. They have lunch, play ball, fly kites, and play on the beach until it is time for him to retrace his steps. This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. The mystery of the key, the discovery of the passageway, and the obvious enjoyment of the children at play are all pleasantly depicted in brightly colored, simple watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations that combine full-page images, spreads, and pages of sequential panels. There are nicely done details such as the elaborate dinner service placed on the table at the mansion and the spiral stairway at the lighthouse. This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.—Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA
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The author of Museum Trip (2006) returns to a wordless format to tell this story of a boy who finds that the house he lives in offers more than he imagines. The book opens to a picture of a boy looking out tall windows as rain spatters the panes. Bored and lonely, the child wanders the house and finds a key and a chest. Opening the chest, he discovers a ladder leading to a basement; then he goes through a door and up a staircase. This Alice in Wonderland-like journey ends on a sunny island, where the boy meets some children to play with. The boy goes home after a thrilling day, but he finds a way to return to see his friends. Once again, Lehman provides purely colored, precisely rendered artwork that capably captures both adventures and emotions. Unfortunately, this rather straightforward story leaves little space for children to use their imaginations. It does, however, beautifully capture the deja vu feeling that comes when reality mingles with the longing of dreams. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618756396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618756391
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer J. Smith on April 6, 2008
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This is one of my all-time favorite books and my daughter's too. The illustrations are gorgeous...clean & simple, artistic yet restrained. The wordless illustrated pages narrate the story so clearly through simply illustrated frames. I love that this story plays out a timeless daydream/fantasy of adventure in a realistic way that both my 2 year old and I can imagine could actually happen. She has me read it to her several times a day and I never tire of it. It is the perfect children's book.
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Such a lovely book! I use it in therapy (I'm a speech language pathologist), and the kids love to make up their own words for it. This author has wonderful books!
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We loved The Red Book and now Rainstorm. Neither book has text, but the pictures tell the story wonderfully. Beautifully illustrated throughout; a timeless work of art.
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My granddaughter and I love this book! She is almost four years old and enjoys the progression of the story. She has great fun "reading" it to me. Originally I borrowed "Rainstorm" from the library and quickly realized I must buy the book for her. Positively enchanting.
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I love this series of books. I purchased them for my 4 year old grandson but found that my 3 year old granddaughter was totally taken in by the idea that she could read too. What a great tool to get your children wanting to learn how to read!
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This beautifully illustrated wordless book is just brilliant! Best wordless book I have found yet! I got this for my three year old daughter, and she immediately opened it up and began to "read" the story to me. I love that she can "read" this book, even though she is still too young to read. We have so much fun tellin each other the story.
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Another finely crafted book from the hands of Barbara Lehman...I have 3 kids and these beautiful wordless books are read over and over, a different "reading" every time. You'll want them all.
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This book looked odd to me from looking at the cover in the library. My daughter pulled it off the shelf (she's 4) and wanted to check it out. I didn't want to. It just looked like one of those dark books that aren't really good for kids, though they claim to be. I was SO wrong. I was thrown off by the fact that there were no words, but it's such a great concept. It allowed us to look at the pictures and for my daughter to use her imagination. It such a great book and now she wants to go to a lighthouse. How are we going to get there? Well through a treasure chest of course! She talks about this book when we don't have it checked out. We bought it from Amazon, and three others from this author. GREAT book. It opens all sorts of doors for imagining!
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