- Publisher: Trumpet (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0590019694
- ISBN-13: 978-0590019699
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,866,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rain Paperback – 2000
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Like "Peter Spier's Christmas!", "Rain" is a wordless picture book that beautifully captures the essence of the moment that Mr. Spier is trying to convey. Childhood memories are faithfully recorded in a montage of images that we all know and remember.
The amount of detail in Spier's work is staggering, but not overdone. Everything just seems to fit. Upon repeat viewings, the reader captures another hidden detail. Obviously, Mr. Spier knew what it was like to live around older homes, with all of their idiosyncrasies. Here we see an old, uneven brick doorstep. Ornamental decoration on the pillars of the family porch. The assorted flotsom and jetsom that fills the yard of a large, old home, and the children's room in particular. All of these and more are extremely accurate reditions of an older home.
We also see the child's viewpoint of rain. The standing in running water by the curb, the walking under a broken gutter with your umbrella, the colors that jump out from rain-soaked flowers, the wind, the warm cocoa Mom provides upon returning home to tell of your adventures. All of it is here, and real, and true-to-life.
The story follows two children as they spend the day experiencing their world during a rainstorm. Nothing more. Nothing less. It's that simple, and that beautiful.
Buy this book.
There is nothing more to say.
My son is now a grown man but my nephew and his wife just had their first child. I was thinking about getting them some of the books that were favorites around here when our boy was growing up.
Rain was one of the first ones that came to mind.
I have a particularly fond memory associated with this book. Many years ago I was sitting in our kitchen while my wife was out in the living room "reading" this wordless book with our young son on her lap. His belly laughter filled the house. I heard them chatting back and forth telling stories about each panel and them breaking out in laughter. I loved just sitting in the kitchen listening to the two of them. Providing the occasion for that kind of joy in a home is a great gift.
It inspired me to write a note to Mr. Spier to describe the scene and tell him how much I appreciated the gift of his work. I sent it off to the publisher without any idea that he might actually receive it. He not only got the note, he responded in a most gracious manner, alluding that he appreciated the positive feedback since his own children weren't quite sure that his occupation as an author of childrens' books was entirely respectable. From his writing, I could see why even his wordless books are so charming.
I highly recommend all of his books. Christmas (alas, also out of print) is another favorite.
The illustrations are vibrant, detailed and comforting. They teach you to celebrate rain and respect it, an important lesson for a kid growing up in the Pacific Northwest.
It wasn't until I was in my twenties that I found this book again only to realize that it was a picture book. From what I remember, there were many, many story lines!
I'm sad to see that "Rain" is out of print. If you find one at a second-hand bookstore, buy it! If you don't have kids, donate it to a library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this book as a child and it's as great as I remember. The pictures are bright and fun to make up your own story to!Published 1 month ago by Starry4455
This book is criminally out of print. File under Best Wordless Books.Published 7 months ago by Alex TB
One of my children's favorite books. Bought it again for my granddaughter. It was in good condition used, as advertisedPublished 9 months ago by W. L.
an old battered copy and I won't use this book. However the book content is good.Published 16 months ago by Ann Edgerton
The most beautiful book! Gorgeous illustrations. No text. A visual experience that I will never forget. Have bought it several times for gifts.Published on October 29, 2013 by Donna Schoenkopf
The lovely pictures are poetical and spark a child, or student imagination.
They are springboard to vocabulary building, sharing of emotions,storytelling, art project... Read more