This Raindrop: Has a Billion Stories to Tell – by Linda Ragsdale, illustrated by Srimalie Bassani

  This Raindrop: Has a Billion Stories to Tell – by Linda Ragsdale, illustrated by Srimalie Bassani, Flowerpot Press, 9781486718177, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? From cover-to-cover and everywhere in between, this book is extremely high quality – both in materials and content. The cover is made of a thick board with a vintage burlap feel that almost appears handcrafted. The illustrations on the cover, and throughout the text, are vibrant and filled with jewel tones. The quality of the text paper is exceptional. It feels sturdy and substantial. As a side benefit, each book purchased contributes to a partnership with Trees for the Future and provides for the planting of a new tree. The narrative text is lyrical, as it takes us on a journey with a raindrop traveling through the eras since time began. The journey reminds us of the importance of water in our lives, and how it would have stories to tell, if only it could. The end pages add companion informational text detailing the water cycle, the importance of conservation, and how to get involved with World Oceans Day. Lastly, the end page provides suggestions for further reading and contact information for the Trees for the Future organization.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No, I look forward to reading more books published by Flowerpot Press.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Anyone interested in the water cycle or environmentally conscious texts for young readers.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 10/23/19

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