Raindrops Roll
by April Pulley Sayre and April Pulley Sayre


Overview - Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes and Go, Go Grapes

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes and Go, Go Grapes

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean.

In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781481420648
  • ISBN-10: 148142064X
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publish Date: January 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 11 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Earth Sciences - Weather
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Earth Sciences - Water (Oceans, Lakes, Et
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Concepts - General

 
BookPage Reviews

The science of the rain

With expertly crafted, economical text and vivid photographs, April Pulley Sayre brings readers a tribute to the wonders of rain itself.

Alongside pleasing rhymes (“Rain plops. / It drops. / It patters. / It spatters.”) and satisfying alliteration (“the sky darkens with storm”), Sayre turns her lens to the natural world and how it responds to the water cycle. She opens with the mere anticipation of rain, as dark clouds form and insects take cover. The first drops land gently, then fall harder, making mud and filling the crevices of foliage. But Sayre doesn’t stop there: She shows readers what happens when the rain stops, the beautiful patterns it makes and how the earth responds to the gift it has received.

Sayre’s colorful photo-illustrations seem to ripple with life and movement: An insect’s wing twitches here; water droplets fall there. She varies her focus, sometimes showing a flower or insect as if it’s inches from our noses, and other times panning back to view pattering rain in puddles.

The book’s concluding pages delve further into the science of rain with facts about cloud formation, the shapes of raindrops and what they’re capable of—magnifying their surroundings, reflecting light, hydrating insects and more. The final note is one that only a scientist and poet like Sayre could pull off so beautifully: “Raindrops Inside You,” which describes how humans return raindrops to the sky through our breath and drying tears. A well-rounded list for further reading includes informational books and a poetry collection.

The miracle that is rain has never been so captivating.

 

This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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