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When the Rain Comes Hardcover – February 8, 2017
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My heart started racing and I could feel Malini, and the ox’s, anxiety rise and settle down. A beautiful book. (Book Time)
It’s a gratifying portrait of a child discovering her own strength: Malini, so nervous about learning to plant rice, is capable of far greater feats. (Publishers Weekly)
A fascinating slice of Southeast Asian life, the tempo and suspense build as the winds and rain whoosh and boom, crack and howl. (Forward Reviews)
Large-scale illustrations highlight the sudden change from sunshine to rain, with first vertical and then diagonal streaks through the colors demonstrating the rain’s ferocity. Malini's anxiety about helping with the planting and the sense of accomplishment she feels in saving the rice come through clearly in her facial expressions. (Booklist)
Kim LaFave masterfully captures every nuance of the story through use of color and motion. They fully support the mood created by Ms. Fullerton’s telling free verse text. (Sal's Fiction Addiction)
...Alma Fullerton’s rhythmic lines and sound scape of life and weather...carr[y] the story, along with Kim La Fave’s stirring illustrations. From the brightly-coloured warmth of Malini’s home life to the tumultuous gloominess of the storm of flashing water, wind and sound, Kim La Fave contrasts the two realities, echoing Alma Fullerton’s cheerful and fearful situations....When the Rain Comes is a resoundingly effective addition to our diverse young CanLit collections... (CanLit for LittleCanadians)
This moving story of courage from award-winning author Alma Fullerton is told in lyrical free-verse and the sounds of the impending storm and Malini’s narrow escape with the rice cart come alive through onomatopoeic description. Kim La Fave’s dream-like illustrations imbue Sri Lankan life with a sense of magic....An inspiring story beautifully told, When the Rain Comes would be an enriching addition to most school library collections. (Resource Links)
It’s a great way to introduce one of the many Asian cultures to our children so as to build in them respect and admiration for other nationalities and ways of life. I don’t think my son has ever seen an ox before....This opened up a conversation about ox and how prevalent they are in some countries for agriculture. So although fiction, this book can be used as an educational tool as well. An excellent addition to any home and school library. (Library of Clean Reads)
The illustrations and text in this book work really well together to highlight Malini's feelings and show the importance of rice to her village and the dangers of a monsoon. The back of the book tells a little bit more about Sri Lanka and how reliant the country's population is on rice. (Musings of a YA Reader)
This is a great book to have in a library that fosters multi-culturalism. The story is engaging and children will learn about the culture of Sri Lanka through this book. (Youth Services Book Reviews)
[Alma Fullerton] successfully conjures up the sights and especially the sounds of a day in Sri Lanka…[Kim La Fave] convincingly whips up the wind and slashes rain across the page to convey the frightening immediacy of a flash flood. Young readers will identify with Malini’s trepidation in facing her new task, and they will cheer for her as she overcomes her own fear to save the day. When the Rain Comes is an engaging story in its own right but could also be used in a classroom setting to spark interest in Sri Lanka, its people, culture, geography, and climate. (Canadian Children's BookNews)
Fullerton’s free verse dances across the page, urging readers forward through the narrative….And LaFave’s mood-appropriate colors, which range from the joyful sorbet hues of Malini’s village to the brooding blues and grays of the monsoon, complete the package. A beautiful introduction to life and culture on a little-known island nation―and a delightful read whether for the first or the 100th time. (Kirkus Reviews)
...Fullerton introduces children to a culture different from their own in a way that is engaging and full of relatable emotions....LaFave demonstrates a mastery of colour, choosing a rich palate of purples and blues to depict the storm and creating depth with interesting colour blocking...the images are unique and beautiful. (CM Magazine)
About the Author
Alma Fullerton's free-verse novels for juvenile and young adult readers have earned her multiple nominations and awards, including the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award and the CLA Book of the Year Honour. Her first picture book, A Good Trade, has been a White Ravens Choice, a Bank Street Best Book, and a nominee for the OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award and the Kentucky Bluegrass Awards. Alma lives in Midland, Ontario.
Kim La Fave is a multi-award-winning illustrator and designer in paint, pencils, or digital media. His honors include the Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Ruth Schwartz Children’s Book Award, and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art, Kim also honed his skills in Toronto and New York before returning to British Columbia where he now lives with his wife and family.
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