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Big Rain Coming (Rise and Shine) Hardcover – Picture Book, September 26, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

This well-crafted picture book from an Australian team brings the dry and dusty reaches of the outback straight to American readers. On Sunday, Old Stephen, a white-bearded Aborigine, predicts rain, but it takes all week to arrive. With each day that passes, anticipation builds like the dark clouds on the horizon and everyone struggles to keep cool. On Monday, "The night was so warm Rosie's kids dragged their beds outside to maybe feel some breeze while they slept"; on Tuesday, dogs dig holes for shelter from the heat; and so on. Finally, on Saturday, it happensA"wonderful cool wet RAIN." A minimum of text per spread emulates the patient waiting of the people and animals in Bancroft's intricately patterned illustrations. She represents the earth with stylized swirls of brown and black and creates the billabong from a patchwork of limpid purples and greens. People appear as black silhouettes clothed in bright polka dots and stripes; lizards scamper across the foreground, and in the sky, the sun is an ever-changing orb of concentric circles and dots. Through it all runs the unifying motif of the Rainbow Serpent, an aboriginal symbol of creation closely associated with water and life, flowing in a ribbon of abstract design across the bottom of nearly every page. This evocative picture book saturates the senses as surely as rain does the parched earth. Ages 4-8. (July)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-The rainbow serpent, an aboriginal symbol of creation in the dreamtime, winds his way across the bottom of the pages in this picture book first published in Australia. When Old Stephen sees the dark clouds spreading in the south, he knows there is a big rain coming. Each weekday passes, however, and the weather remains hot and dry. Readers are introduced to Rosie's kids, the dogs at Roberta's place, children swimming in the billabong-but still there is no rain. On Friday, thick gray clouds echo with thunder. Finally, on Saturday-"Wonderful cool wet RAIN" begins to fall. Using aboriginal motifs and bold graphics, Bancroft utilizes rich colors and thick black lines to good effect. The text is well paced with a perfect rhythm for reading aloud, and the large, clean double-page spreads make for easy viewing.
Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Clarion Books (September 26, 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0618083448
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0618083442
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 4 - 7 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD570L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Preschool - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12 x 0.39 x 9 inches
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