Rain – Sam Usher


   Rain – Sam Usher, Templar Books, (9780763692964), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  A little boy longs to go outside on a  rainy day to “catch raindrops, splash in puddles, and look at everything upside down,” but his Grandfather wants to wait until the weather improves.  The ink and watercolor illustrations perfectly convey the rainy day.  Each double page spread of the indoors is filled with color and lots of white space while the double page spreads of the rainy outdoors are filled with tones of grey and blue with blurred reflections and puddles.  The little boy peers out the rain dappled window imagining a floating city while is grandfather gets the mail and writes letters.  Finally the grandfather is ready to go outside to the mail box and the boy eagerly peeks out the door to the rain drenched street where the water is up to the doorstop.  The two step out in matching blue rain slickers and take a gondola through a carnival scene to the mailbox.  Back inside after their adventure Granddad says, “‘You see, the very best things are always worth waiting for,” and the boy agrees.  This is a wonderful story about imagination, patience and a wonderful grandparent/grandchild relationship.  A perfect one to pair with the author’s Snow for a weather themed story time.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a perfect story to share on a rainy day.  A lovely story about grandfathers that is a nice addition to Snow.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 4/22/17             

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