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Come On, Rain!
Contributor(s): Hesse, Karen, Muth, Jon J. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0590331256     ISBN-13: 9780590331258
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 1999

Annotation: "Come on, Rain!" Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Then the clouds roll in and the rain pours. And Tess, her friends, and their mothers join in together in a rain dance to celebrate the shower that renews both body and spirit. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rain and rainfall; Fiction.
Summer; Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Short Stories
Dewey: E
LCCN: 98011575
Lexile Measure: 780
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 9.50" W x 0.50" (0.90 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 30845
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q16714
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
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Publisher Description:
"Come on, Rain " Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Then the clouds roll in, and the rain pours. And Tess, her friends, and their Mamas join in a rain dance to celebrate the shower that renews both body and spirit. Through exquisite language and acute observation, Karen Hesse evokes this refreshing experience, and Jon J Muth's lyrical artwork perfectly reflects the spirit of the text.

Contributor Bio(s):
Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include WITNESS, THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE, and the Newbery Medal winner OUT OF THE DUST, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and its sequel, the New York Times bestselling picture book Zen Ties. Other beloved titles from Jon include the New York Times bestseller Hi, Koo!, The Three Questions, Gershon's Monster by Eric Kimmel, and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. Mr. Muth lives with his wife and their four children in New York.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1999 #4)
In this lyrical and evocative picture book, Hesse explores the anticipation and joy of a summer storm following weeks without rain in an urban neighborhood. While Tessie's mother struggles with her failing tomato plants, Tess darts off to find her pal Jackie-Joyce at the first sight of gray clouds. "A creeper of hope circles 'round my bones. 'Come on, rain!' I whisper," and Tess is quickly back at her apartment with her friend trying to convince her mother to let her put on her bathing suit. Their friends Liz and Rosemary soon join them, and the four girls wait outside as the rain descends. "It streams through our hair and down our backs. It freckles our feet, glazes our toes. We turn in circles, glistening in our rain skin. Our mouths wide, we gulp down rain." The girls' infectious joy quickly spreads to their mothers: they come out on their porches and "fling off their shoes, skim off their hose, tossing streamers of stockings over their shoulders," and the daughters "swing our wet and wild-haired mammas 'til we're all laughing under trinkets of silver rain." Hesse's delicately crafted text creates a wonderful sense of atmosphere; the stifling, oppressive heat radiates through her words ("the smell of hot tar and garbage bullies the air"). Muth's beautifully drafted watercolor paintings begin in hot yellows, purples, and oranges and subtly change to rain-cloud gray as the storm approaches. A welcome celebration of summer in the city. leo landry Copyright 1999 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1998 November #5)
"Up and down the block,/ cats pant,/ heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway./ Miz Grace and Miz Vera bend, tending beds of drooping lupines," as a whole neighborhood waits for rain. The narrator, Tessie, is the first one to see the "clouds rolling in,/ gray clouds, bunched and bulging under a purple sky," and she engineers a joyful rain dance with her three friends, Jackie-Joyce, Liz and Rosemary. The long-sought rain "freckles our feet, glazes our toes./ We turn in circles,/ glistening in our rain skin." According to Hesse's bio on the jacket flap, this text contains her initial exploration of motifs used first in her Newbery Medal-winning novel, Out of the Dust. With poetic and immediate language, she again captures the cleansing experience of rainfall after a long dry spell. In an auspicious debut, Muth's illustrations showcase an impressive range of perspectives, from the opening urban skyline to the subtle indication of the oncoming storm in the ruffling of a curtain to the girls' view looking up at their mothers from where they're dancing in the street. His inventive design sense and use of watercolors?smudges of shadow, glistening sidewalks and foggy city-scapes?are remarkable. This is an impressive tribute to those experiences that leave us "purely soothed,/ fresh as dew,/ turning toward the first sweet rays of the sun." Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 March)
K-Gr 2-It's summer in the city and a three-week drought has made the heat nearly unbearable. Skinny little Tessie whispers her prayer, "Come on, rain!" longing for the shower that will break the heat and bring her mother's parched garden back to life. Seeking relief, the girl asks permission to wear her bathing suit, but an "Absolutely not" from Mamma keeps her looking for something to do. Like a blessing, she spies clouds off in the distance. Knowing that her mother will be easier to convince with help from a friend, Tessie runs off to her pal Jackie-Joyce's. "It's going to rain," she whispers. "Put on your suit and come straight over." Tessie returns home to fix her mother a much-needed iced tea, and with the perfect timing of a well-laid plan, Jackie-Joyce arrives along with the rain. As hoped, Mamma changes her mind about the suit and the girls run off to join two friends for a romp in the deliciously refreshing summer rain. To their daughters' delight, all four "...barelegged mammas dance down the steps..." and join in a spontaneous dance of relief and celebration. Muth's deceptively simple, muted watercolors capture the stifling city summer heat as well as a young girl's determination to keep it from ruining all her fun. Hesse's poetically crafted, perceptive text skips delightfully along with its own perfect rhythm. Lyrically written and lovingly illustrated, this is one you'll want to share over and over again.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews
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