Let's Count the Raindrops

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Let's Count the Raindrops

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Collects ten poems about the weather for children, including poetry about rain showers, the sun, and fog.

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Ages 3-7. Those who introduce poetry to young children are apt to stay with the classics: Mother Goose or picture book versions of Robert Louis Stevenson and Edward Lear. Here's a book that introduces short works by (mostly) modern children's poets in a format well designed to spotlight individual poems and to slow down the pace of page turning. Each double-page spread presents one short rhyme illustrated with a large-scale painting. Poets represented include Alan Benjamin, John Ciardi, Karla Kuskin, and Christina Rossetti. Clearly chosen to appeal to young children, each verse interprets the book's theme of weather in a different way. In "Fog Flub," Douglas Florian jokes "In the misty morning fog / I mistook Mother / For a frog." Margaret Wise Brown's "The Leaves Fall Down" simply observes the change of season as "One by one / the leaves fall down." Kosaka paints with acrylics on a cantaloupe-textured surface to create pictures with pleasing compositions and great depth and intensity of colors. The stylized figures of a girl and her dog appear in each one, unifying the verses, dramatizing events, and giving a personal context for natural phenomena. A fine poetry collection for young children. Carolyn Phelan
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Newcomer Kosaka's illustrations of 10 poems about the weather seem, like the poems, as fresh as spring. Including works by John Ciardi, Margaret Wise Brown and Karla Kuskin, the entries are uncomplicated in both language and sentiment, ideally suited for preschoolers. Kosaka unifies the book by picturing a girl in red and her enthusiastic dog as the subjects or speakers of each poem. They revel in the "green and growing" (Aileen Fisher) June grass that is perfect for going barefoot, and they stare in wonder at the "white sheep, white sheep,/ on a blue hill" (Christina Rossetti), or drifting clouds. As the girl struggles to pull on her winter clothes, the dog brings her mittens; as she stands ankle-deep in a puddle of rain, he hides behind her, frightened of the jumping frogs. Kosaka's compositions are appealingly simple. Elements that might be cloying the red triangle that serves as the girl's nose, the mostly-black-and-white dog's rosy cheeks are subdued by the glowing colors and complex textures, rich like the surfaces of a basketball or a piece of vintage leather. Thoughtfully executed, the art delivers just the right amount of stimulation for an appreciation of the poetry. Ages 3-7.

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