If last week was what we wanted to be seeing out of the window, this week is more along the lines of what we actually got. Rain, big fat sploshy rain. There comes a point at which you don’t actually need the picture book when it’s all happening for real outside the windows.
But the prevailing weather, and just possibly the time I spent up at the playpark yesterday doing a valiant impression of an emperor penguin against driving splatty wet cold rain while Elma ran around quite oblivious to anything is having me do a great injustice to a really sweet board book.
Carol Thompson has produced a whole series of board books celebrating the weather – including one on snow that was snuck off the library shelf and proudly carried home by a fellow tiny bookworm before we could get our hands on it – all about exploring the reactions of our little ones to the natural world around them.
It sounds facitious to say that Rain is all about what happens when the water falls from the sky, but it really is, and in a lovely way.
It starts with the arrival of a grey cloud to cover then sun, then the drops begin to fall, and get faster and faster and heavier and heavier and soon the little girl is stood in quite a puddle.
The cloud passes, the rain drops pip, plop and stop, and a rainbow appears.
And then there’s really only one thing left to do.
The little girl in the book has such wonderful expressions, captured with the simplest of lines, and her general appearance of having recently scrambled through a hedge backwards despite her mother’s best ministrations with a hairbrush, as well as her magnetic attraction to the puddles made me think ever so slightly of my Elma, who needless to say has taken the story quite to heart!
Now all we need is our wellies. Because if there is any puddle, no matter how tiny, it is written on the soul of my littlest daughter that it may not pass unsploshed.
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