Thursday, February 11, 2016

Puddle Jumpers - a bookwrap

Let's go......our rain dance awaits!  What fun to skip and splash  together as the rain covers our face with tiny droplets of encouragement.  Put on your galoshes, grab your umbrella and slicker and play with me.  Lets let our imaginations dictate our play and let's boogie in the rain.....wanna? 


Authored by Anne Margaret Lewis

Illustrated by Nancy Cote

Ages 3-6

Unwrapping some very sweet illustrations...

Unwrapping my review...

Written in rhyme this celebration of a rainy day will have you looking for your rain gear ready to get wet and to party hearty!  

A little boy and his mother head out on a showery day and he receives specific instructions from his mom: "No! No jumping puddles! / You must keep clean today!" Alas, he is unable to control himself as his imagination kicks in and propels him into a joyous romp that entails a huge puddle strategically positioned ... right under his feet.   The puddle whispers:  "Jump, Puddle Jumper, Jump."  Now who could resist that right?  Would you jump? Come on and join me 'cause here I go.............

With a huge grin of ecstasy the little guy disregards his mother's advice and takes off on a wet n' wild adventure frolicking with a frog, a crocodile, a penguin, a toucan and more.  Action words pour forth : leap, dance, swing, scurry and jump, just to name a few, that lend a perfect opportunity for the engaged little reader to get up and do the same.  The author has included a variety of creatures that swim, fly and waddle along sharing his adventure.  The best part?  I loved the twist at the end when the little boy looks up and who does he do a rain dance with?  Surprise!!! ...  Mom can I please have this dance?   And she did.

The illustrations are big, colourful and playful.  The expressions of the little boy are so endearing and friendly.  The whole vibe of the book is pure bliss and it gives the reader permission to go out on a rainy day and experience that "Singing-in-the-Rain", floating on cloud nine good feeling.   I highly recommend it. 

About the author...

Anne Margaret Lewis is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than ten children’s books. She enjoys working with fun fictional characters and carefully weaving important lessons into her stories. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives with her husband and four children in Traverse City, Michigan.

About the illustrator...

Nancy Cote was born in Massachusetts. She lives with her husband Michael in Somerset, MA. They have three children, Melissa, Katherine and John. She has written eight books and has illustrated over three dozen picture books for children. Her books have received many awards including The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, American Booksellers "Pick of the List," Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, The Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award, CBC-IRA Notable Trade Book, Sidney Taylor Notable Book, Parenting Magazine Best Book and inclusion in The Original Art 98' Exhibit in NYC (Society of Illustrators). 
Her book, JACKSON'S BLANKET was selected by the Bank Street College of Education in their annual Best Children's Books of the Year List for 2009.

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