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Cynthia Cotten, Vermont childrens author, Rain Play

Cover copyright 2008
Javaka Steptoe

A picture book, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, published by Henry Holt and Company, 2008.

  • Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice for 2009

  • Finalist for Library of Virginia's Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature, recognizing excellence in Children's Literature for ages 3-8.

At the park the sky grows dark...

Here it comes! cool drops splash down, scattering the grown-ups. But the children love romping in the rain, until--BOOM!

This joyous rhyming poem celebrates the many delights of a rainy day.

From the Reviewers

A Fuse 8 Production

Wonder is itself a difficult emotion to capture, but I think that Cotten and Steptoe do a stand-up job of working the book in that direction. For any kid that has celebrated in a warm summer rain, or has wanted to, this is a good little book.

Kirkus Reviews

The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily--but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Superimposed on the art's wrinkled surfaces, the text's short couplets won't be a challenge even for newly emergent readers, and the laughing, brown- and yellow-skinned figures dance through the elongated raindrops with infectiously joyous abandon. The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)

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