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And Then It Rained... And Then the Sun Came Out... Hardcover – May 1, 2003

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PreSchool-Grade 4-It's a wet day in the city, with the rain "plum-drum-trum-trum-trumming" onto the streets, buildings, and delighted citizens. Everyone enjoys a break from the heat, relishing indoor activities like reading, cooking, and dancing. Outside, a boy and his father delight in walking through puddles and eating hot soup at a cafe. Soon enough, however, the rain becomes dreary and boring, and the people long for the sun to return. Fortunately for readers, all they have to do is flip the book over, open the cover, and start reading the second story to discover the joys of a warm summer day. Brilliantly colored acrylic illustrations, cleverly rendered from a variety of perspectives, are well matched to the lively onomatopoeic language. A wide variety of characters-all of whom appear in both tales-come alive with only a few lines of text. All in all, this "two-for-one" picture book is thoroughly enjoyable, especially for reading aloud.
Sue Morgan, Tom Kitayama Elementary School, Union City, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 2. This topsy-turvy book can be started at either end. "And then it rained. . ." begins the story of a little boy and his father who venture out into the city during a rainstorm and go to a cafe for hot soup. Meanwhile, in a nearby apartment various people react to the storm, first with contentment, then by becoming grouchy. As the boy and his father walk the rainy pavement again, the boy wishes that the rain would stop, the father promises that it will, and readers are advised to flip the book over and see what will happen. In "And Then the Sun Came Out," children will follow the same boy and his father as the sun comes and heats their city neighborhood. The fresh concept will intrigue children, and the stories, both of which are well-written, will amuse them. Illustrating the text are large acrylic paintings defined by rhythm, movement, rounded forms, and warm, vivid colors. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068981884X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689818844
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,532,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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People are happy when it starts to rain in the city after a dry spell. A little boy and his father enjoy the rain while cozy and dry at a cafe, and several people are shown doing "indoor things". After several days of rain, the complaints begin and everyone is sick of the wet weather. When the little boy asks his dad when the rain will stop, he gets a rhyme in reply to the effect that he'll get his weather wish soon.
The reader is told to turn the book around to find out what happens. When you turn it around and start reading from the back, you find that the sun has come out. The little boy and his father walk happily down the sunny street to enjoy ice cream at the cafe, and the same people who previously enjoyed their indoor activities are now enjoying getting out and about. Human nature being what it is, everyone is soon complaining about the heat. When the little boy asks his father when it will stop being so hot, he is given the rhyme again and told his weather wish will come true soon. The reader is again instructed to turn the book over to find out what happens and the story begins all over again with the opening words about the rain coming to the city.
My five-year-old absolutely loved this book and asked for it night after night until I had to return it to the library.
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Weather or not, life in a city goes on. And not only life, but lives: this delightful, joyful book follows six very different neighbors in an apartment building, plus a father and son, and several other folks in the neighborhood (a waiter, a baker, a businesswoman)as they go through the pleasures and irritations of a prolonged period of rain, and then (turn the book over) sun. Funny and charming, the book is illustrated perfectly. Wonderfully colorful pictures and unusal perspectives capture perfectly the magical, changing pulses and moods of an active city's residents. The book, though, is not only about weather in a city --- it's about human nature, too. Teachers, as well as parents, will love this book both on its on account and for the questions it can elicit: how do different kinds of weather affect the way you feel? What do you like to do when it rains or when it's sunny? How hot is too hot? What would your "weather wish" be? What do different kinds of weather mean in the city as opposed to the country? And, P.S. : it is gently multi-cultural; the skin colors, family names, religions etc, are as full-spectrum as real life.
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This book is really fun and unusual to read especially because half way through the book, it has to be turned upside down to finish reading it! The illustrations are beautiful, vibrant and full of life. The story is poetic and funny at the same time. Highly recommended!
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The book never ends! Very cute story and idea. Kids love it. It's the story of a day on the street - you read the book about the sunny day, then flip it over and keep reading about the rainy day, then flip it over and... you get the idea. I've used it with a lot of toddlers in my work, and they have all enjoyed it. Nice repetitive language - good for kids to build language.
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My grandkids have no use for this book. The pictures are not very appealing and the continuity just doesn't feel right when you flip from one side to the other.
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