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Rainy Day (Carolrhoda Picture Books) Hardcover – January, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-A gentle mood piece about the relationship of a father and son after a divorce. Nick is visiting at his dad's new apartment and the weather spoils their plans for the day. Still, they make their own fun by splashing in puddles, dodging waves at the cold shore, playing in the stream at the park, and just enjoying being together. Realistic renderings of father and son are set on impressionistic backgrounds. This contrast causes the characters to stand out as though they were photographed through a diffusing filter. Rinaldi varies the layout and angles so that the pictures appear to be "shot" from different heights and perspectives. This reassuring book is a good choice for parents and caregivers seeking stories that deal with divorce or separation.
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
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The text is spare, the illustrations evocative, and the premise will resonate with children whose fathers live elsewhere. A young boy waits anxiously for his father to appear so they can go to the fair. But rain begins falling and plans have to be changed. Without a destination, there's an unspoken awkwardness between father and son until Dad buys Nick some rubber boots, and the boy begins to stomp and splash. They go to a park, follow the stream, look at the sea. There is activity, then there is quiet, as Nick and his father sit together, watching the water, waiting for the sun to break through the overcast sky. Nick tells his father, "I miss you." "Me, too," his dad responds. "All the time." Rinaldi's pictures are an intriguing mix of realism and dreamy scenic backgrounds. Nick and his father look so real they seem to be out of photographs, but they are set against ethereal, impressionistic backgrounds that capture both the physical reality of rain-washed days and the characters' moods, which shift in a way that is reminiscent of clouds making and remaking themselves. A subtle, effective piece. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575054523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575054520
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,390,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book isn't just for children, it's for grown ups too. Without mentioning divorce or separation explicitly, the book shows how parent and child move from the disappointment of losing the dream of a bright happy family, through a hard journey battling harsh conditions, finding small pleasures and patches of beauty, and coming through to a better time, where parent and child can feel their togetherness and love for each other. All this is expressed in the simple but symbolic story described in the official reviews above, with images perfectly suited to the depth of the tale.
When I opened the parcel from amazon and read this book, alone at first, I cried at the simple strength of the story. It is honest about how hard things are and lent me strength in it's final optimism: Rainy days don't last forever. All this without any of that sometimes too moralistic social realism of books for kids about divorce.
But - and this is a pretty big but - my then 4 y.o. daughter was completely uninterested in the book. She refused to let me read it to her more than once, and tells me it's BORING. Now, at five, she's moderately interested but only rarely wants to read it. Perhaps this is because the situation described is different from her own, she spends a week with each parent so isn't in the situation of the little boy in this story. Or perhaps the story is too simple and everyday, and the double meanings too subtle for a child. Perhaps the book would actually be better suited to an older child than to the traditional picture book audience?
A picture book my daughter and I have both enjoyed a lot is Babette Cole's "Two of Everything", which has a very direct and humourous yet real approach to children's parents separating. Despite my daughter's boredom with this book, I find books like these invaluable in helping me and my daughter come to terms with our new life. I wish there were more quality books for young children dealing with divorce and separation.
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Emma Haughton has taken a very difficult subject and demonstrated a great deal of love and caring in her story. She shows that just because the people are changing, they can still have the true love for a person, as they always had in the past. This is a story that every child should hear. Whether it is their circumstance or that of a friend, this book shows that change doesn't have to mean loss. It can in fact build a stronger realationship. Read and enjoy, and maybe even learn from this story.
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