Day 11

Come On, Rain!

It hadn’t really rained more than 10 or 15 minutes here since May 31.  This morning I was awakened by a genuine thunderstorm.  It rained for over an hour while I lay in bed listening to the water coming down.  After the lightning moved off I actually went outside and stood in it.  An inch and a quarter of badly needed rain fell.

The book:

This is a beautiful picture book.  The watercolors and the free verse text are evocative of a vibrant city neighborhood baking under an extended dry spell as the young girl Tessie hopes and waits for the eventual downpour.  As a school librarian I have to warn that the book is slow and lyrical enough to lose the attention of a group, but would be a wonderful thing to share one on one with a child.  It was certainly the first one that came to mind as I’ve waited for the rain.


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