Monday, April 6, 2015

Raindrops Fall All Around - a bookwrap

April showers bring May flowers...we are all familiar with that little proverb (it was first recorded in 1886) and that is exactly what is happening this week outside my window.  Even though I wish for sunshine, flowers, and warm temperatures, the rain is necessary for the ground to thaw and to awaken the dormant plants beneath the earth.  Today's book will make you smile as you discover, there, and everywhere in the month of April.


Authored by Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) and Illustrated by Laura Watson.  Ages 2-5.

Unwrapping the illustrations ... let's take a peek shall we?

Raindrops keep falling on my head, on my puppies and all critters everywhere.  This fun book captures the joy of a rainy day both by its text and by its illustrations.  A board book, written in rhyme, is just the thing a young child needs to understand and appreciate a rainy day. Colourful, captivating illustrations with lots of detail, emotions and activity, paint perfect scenarios of rain both in nature and in the city.

All the critters portrayed are smiling and happy, inviting the reader into an enjoyable and necessary rainy day.  I am sure young children will love the adorable animal characters and learn about their habitats and their habits.  

This book would be a perfect introduction to a classroom unit on weather and is a wonderful read-aloud for the early grades or for that little one curled up under your arm before bedtime on a dreary, rainy night.  I highly recommend this book.

Charles Ghigna (Father Goose) is an award-winning poet, children’s author, speaker, and nationally syndicated feature writer who helps promote the love of poetry and children’s literature throughout the world. He is the author of more than 5,000 poems and 40 books from Random House, Harry N. Abrams, Knopf, Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Running Press, Boyds Mills and other publishers. His books have been featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” PBS and NPR, selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and received the Parents’ Choice Book Award. His poems for children and adults have appeared in numerous textbooks and anthologies and in magazines ranging from Highlights, Ranger Rick and Cricket to Harper’s and The New Yorker. His poems also appear in the national SAT and ACT student testing materials. Charles has served as poetry editor of The English Journal for the National Council of Teachers of English and has presented his poetry programs at the Library of Congress, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the American Library in Paris, the International Schools of South America and at hundreds of other schools, colleges, conferences, libraries, book fairs, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Laura Watson has been creating whimsical illustrations for children’s books, educational materials and magazines since graduating from Sheridan College’s Interpretive Illustration program in 1995. Laura also studied fine art at York University and graduated with an honors degree in visual arts. She lives in the east end of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter and spends as much time as possible at the beach, hunting for sea glass. For more information, visit

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