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.
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.