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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows how weather, nature, and animal life change through the four seasons of the year, how seasons affect how we live, play, explore. Shows kids sledding, swimming, picking apples, playing in a tree house, building mud castles, jumping in a pile of fall leaves, etc.
Implies that it's fun to observe nature and experience all the seasons of the year. People and animals feel at home where they live. You can have fun outdoors in all kinds of weather -- sledding down a hill in winter or splashing in the ocean in summer.
Positive Role Models
Two pairs of happy siblings -- one black, one white -- have fun playing, exploring together, are curious and excited to discover things in nature. Both pairs have a nice home to return to when day is done. A mom is shown hugging her kids when they come home.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Meg Fleming's Sometimes Rain, illustrated by Diana Sudyka, is a lyrical journey through the seasons of the year. With spare rhyming couplets, evocative, exuberant watercolors, and two pairs of siblings and a dog romping together in nature, it conveys the wonder and magic of each season, from the arrival of winter on through till the next winter. The poetry makes it a great read-aloud, and the pictures of kids playing and exploring make it relatable for young readers.
Is It Any Good?
This joyous, poetic, beautifully illustrated picture book is a great way to introduce the seasons to young readers. Sometimes Rain focuses on kids having fun outdoors in all kinds of weather, playing, exploring, observing wildlife, jumping in fall leaves or splashing in water at the beach, sledding down hillsides in the snow. The rhyming poetry is spare -- mainly two lines per page -- so it's easy for young readers to absorb and open-ended enough to give space for a kid's own reflections of what a day in a given season can feel like. It's great for read-aloud and prompting grown-ups to share memories of what they did in different seasons when they were kids.
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