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The Falling Raindrop Hardcover – March 23, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582463123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582463124
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review, The Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2010:
"The charm of this picture book for children ages 4 to 8 lies in the arresting simplicity of its design."

Review, Publishers Weekly:
"This debut, the collaborative project of two advertising executives, has a crisp, carefully produced feel, and it delivers its message with razor-sharp effectiveness.... It’s a metaphor for the way so many adults live: fearful and worried about death. Do children worry this way, too? Some do, and they’ll take comfort in the unexpected fate of the raindrop."

Review, School Library Journal:
"The minimalist artwork is surrounded by huge spans of creamy white paper. Other than the orange of the fire, grays and baby blues are the only colors used in the iconic images of the clouds, thunder, wind, and raindrops. Readers will enjoy the character’s humorous expressions in this unique presentation."

About the Author

NEIL JOHNSON is a director for an international advertising firm in Singapore. About The Falling Raindrop Neil says, “My son was petrified of lightning, thunder, and rain. One afternoon, standing at the window while it poured outside, he asked me if the raindrops were scared, too. The answer became this story.”
 
JOEL CHIN is an art director for the same advertising firm. He and Neil worked on this book while putting in long hours “bouncing” ad campaign ideas. Growing up in tropical Asia has allowed Joel to experience rain showers almost daily. He says that the raindrop “shows how one should live life to the fullest, a simple metaphor for life.”

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marion Bauer on September 5, 2010
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This book is as much for adults as children. We spend our life trying to stay happy and present and then one day our fears overwhelm us. Just like the raindrop we fear so much that we forget that it is the ride that matters. I read it in a training to teachers and they liked it as much as my teenagers I presented it to.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Kragh on April 21, 2010
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My grandson had to have the book read to him but remembered it. All about clouds and rain. Only 37 pages long so kept
his attention. He's had it read seven times so a winner.
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By BZ on June 23, 2014
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What a great gift for graduation or retirement or just to recognize a change. Who does love a good analogy!
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The water cycle can be a boring topic to learn about, and there aren't a whole lot of fiction books on the subject out there. But this one was a great way to start the unit. It was very simple and made a raindrop a character to relate to in a memorable story. We will refer back to that while reading the drier, wordier, nonfiction books ("Remember when the drop turned to steam after landing in the fire?"). I read the book twice in a row to demonstrate how the cycle starts over again, even though it ended with the drop rising up and knowing it would soon be part of a cloud again. I would have liked it if the drop actually did join others in a cloud and the book ended with a new fall. This is a great opportunity for students to write a sequel, starting and ending with the cloud. All "chapters" could be put together, creating a class book of the drop's adventures in the water cycle.
I hadn't even noticed the deeper meaning behind the book, about taking life in stride and learning to enjoy it, until I read other reviews. Now I like this book even more!
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I am actually getting a tattoo of this raindrop this summer. This book was presented in a training I took last summer and I have shared it with people of EVERY age, ever since. We get so caught up in the worry that we will fail or fall that we miss out on everything. This is a great conversation piece and a book I will cherish in my own mommy (teacher) library.
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