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|Title: After the Rain|
By: Rebecca Koehn
Illustrated By: Simone Krüger
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Beaming Books
|Publication Date: 2020|
Dimensions: 10.25 X 8.75 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
Stock No: WW454516
Drip, Drop, Plink. The rain stops, and Levi runs outside to play in a stream of rain water. But Polly puts an end to his fun when she doesn't want to share. It's a puddle fight! Until they see that the water is disappearing fast. Truce! They find a way to save the water and discover that it is more fun to play together. After the Rain puts a new twist on the rainy-day picture book about sharing and learning to work together.
Rebecca Koehn is a teacher and children's book author who lives on the windy Kansas prairie. She enjoys playing in puddles after a rain, walking her Husky, Hazel, and playing board games with her husband and sons.
Simone Krüger is a Germany-based children's book illustrator. She loves being out and about in the countryside, discovering nature and new creatures to draw. When it starts to rain, you can see her wearing a bright yellow raincoat. As a kid, she loved playing barefoot in the rain and splashing in puddles.
Levi watches from his nautically decorated bedroom as the last drops of rain fall, quickly donning his yellow raincoat, boots, and hat and grabbing his boat when he spies the water overflowing the gutters. Kruger mixes wide-angle views with vignettes and close-up, ground-level perspectives to get readers right into the action with Levi as he stomps through puddles. The river of water from the downspout to the drain in the sidewalk provides endless fun for the boy and his toy boat until Polly arrives and claims the stream as her own. The angry visage on the tot, who wears a raindrop-decorated poncho and red boots, sets the stage for a battle that involves splashes and tossed mud, expressions speaking volumes. But when both kids realize the water is drying up, they call a truce and set about creating a mud, rock, leaf, and stick dam. The subsequent lake is a great place to play: Battle begun but not won. // Building together is much more fun. The imagination on display will inspire readers, though the battles end is more serendipitous than strategic and wont teach kids much in the way of problem-solving. Levi is dark skinned, Polly light.
Pull this out on the next rainy day and have boots, slickers, and boat at the ready. (Picture book. 3-6)
"The imagination on display will inspire readers...Pull this out on the next rainy day and have boots, slickers, and boat at the ready." --Kirkus Reviews
"Fun language, word play, and bright colors make this a delightful read aloud, whatever the weather." --Foreword Reviews
"After the Rain is a whirling, swirling adventure that captures the pure joy of playing in puddles. This read-aloud is perfectly paired with vibrant illustrations and an action-packed storyline that celebrates the power of friendship." --Tara Luebbe, author of I Am Famous and Shark Nate-O
"A rollicking romp, a rackety rumpus, then refreshing resolve as two friends who become at odds in the aftermath of a rainstorm learn to work together to make every moment count. A rhythmic read that little ones are sure to enjoy!" --Lynne Marie, author of The Star in the Christmas Play, Moldilocks and the Three Scares, and Let's Eat! Mealtime Around the World
"After the Rain is a splishy-splashy reminder that friendship always wins out--even when skies are gray. This fun and rhythmic narrative is one that kids will love to read--come rain or shine." --Alastair Heim, author of Hello, Door; The Great Puppy Invasion; and Love You Too
"A new and entertaining twist on the rainy-day picture book." --Midwest Book Review
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