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Come On, Rain! Hardcover – March 1, 1999
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The book's collaborators, more like alchemists, work wonders. Muth's sunbaked watercolors perfectly convey the washed-out, drought-stricken world, while Hesse's gripping narrative--a detailed prose poem written in the voice of the watchful, pigtailed Tessie--conveys undaunted hope and anticipation. Like a long-limbed little bird--all twiggy arms and legs--Tessie moves through the neighborhood, observing her Mamma, her friends, the skies, even the streets:
Up and down the block,As the downpour approaches, Tessie gathers her neighborhood friends for a romp in the raindrops. Their eager anticipation is matched by a rain shower so gigantic, it even makes their mothers run into the street. It's literally the stuff that dreams are made of--my own daughter dreamed of the delicious downpour the night we first read the book. (Click to see a sample spread. Text ©1999 by Karen Hesse. Illustrations ©1999 by Jon J. Muth. Reproduced with permission of Scholastic, Inc.) (Ages 5 and older) --Jean Lenihan
heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway....
I stare out over rooftops,
past chimneys, into the way off distance.
And that's when I see it coming,
clouds rolling in,
gray clouds, bunched and bulging under a purple sky.
A creeper of hope circles round my bones.
"Come on, rain!" I whisper.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
The watercolor illustrations of Jon Muth do an excellent job of enhancing the movement of Ms. Hesse's story. The opening illustrations of bright yellow and gold give readers a sense of how hot and oppressive the heat was for Tess's neighborhood and city. Gradually as the rain clouds moves in, hues of soft grays, brown, and greens are used to depict the moments just before rain falls from the sky. By the time rain actually comes, the illustrations are filled with splashes of pink, violet and blues, which represent the renewal of spirit and feelings of relief for all in the city. You know, this is more than just another weather story! It is a story that shows how rain, a powerful element of nature, has the ability to invigorate all of life!
I would like to see more books with normal themes (family,weather, good behavior etc)because being black does not stop at or only include broken english, black pride, dark skin and nappy hair.
I can't exactly tell if it is set in the 50s, 60s, or 70's, but it does not seem like a modern-day story. There is a great innocence and magic about it that isn't readily apparent in a 1990s tale.
Jon Muth again proves himself to be a master watercolorist. He opts or a somewhat cartoony style for the main characters, fitting for the subject matter and age group of this story.
The story itself brings alive the wonder of a simple rainstorm in the hot summer days of the City. There is no racial issue, there is no crime, there is no anything to keep the children (and adults) from being filled with the joy of a summer shower.
I bought this book simply to sample Mr. Muth's marvelous watercolors, but it is a real treat for those with youngsters as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful and engaging text about one girl's beautiful retelling of an ordinary, heat-scorched summer day filled with longing for a good rain.Published 2 days ago by K. M. Johnston
Excellent, excellent book for read alouds in the classroom. Rich in language and dialogue! It'll ignite my students writing abilities.Published 10 months ago by M. Whisler
Good book for Lucy Calkins workshop as a mento text. I was disappointed in the condition of the book.Published 12 months ago by Sarah
As I am reading this book in the middle of a heat advisory myself, I could not agree more with the author.
This book is about a girl who is hot. Read more
What lovely text and perfect illustrations! This should be shared with elementary school children to model beautiful language. A treat for the ears and eyes! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carol Ekster