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Downpour
Contributor(s): Martin, Emily, Shaughnessy, Mara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1620875454     ISBN-13: 9781620875452
Publisher: Sky Pony Pr
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: June 2013
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Annotation: A rainy day causes the red from all the poppies to run onto other objects, including rubber boots, the beaks of curious birds, and the big wheel at a faraway fair.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Rain and rainfall; Fiction.
Red; Fiction.
Poppies; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2013027381
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 10.50" W x 0.25" (0.85 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 May #1)

Martin debuts with a drifting, picture book–length poem that imagines the unusual aftereffects of a rainstorm: "It rained for days until poppies ran./ Their red first ran down stem and leaves./ Then, red, the roots,/ Red, the ground,/ Red, the stones sitting around." In loose-lined ink illustrations against a watery gray backdrop, Shaughnessy (LEGO Man in Space) draws birds with beaks dipped in red, foxes dashing across a field on red paws, and a "sleepy black ram" whose curling horn is the same rich scarlet. All of the animals and humans, including a comely young woman with windswept locks that appears to be the narrator ("Red, the leaves that flutter around./ Red, the schoolbag on my back"), are drawn naturalistically. The sole exception is a recurring hedgehog character, whose cartoon rendering and whimsical actions (stomping around in rain boots, creating a chain of paper butterflies) are somewhat at odds with the contemplative tone of the verse. Still, there's a certain thrill to be had from seeing red in unexpected contexts, whether on a mailbox, dirt road, or school bus. Ages 3–6. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 August)

PreS-K—The red from a field of poppies washes over the world after a long rainstorm. Hedgehog follows the path of crimson as it makes its mark on everything, from fox feet and a man's beard to fish scales and river light. Bleached of their color, the flowers are restored to their original shade with a can of paint by the enterprising Hedgehog. This salute to red has a few misses, as when the thorns mentioned are barely visible. However, Shaughnessy's line drawings are dynamic, with spots of scarlet as embellishment. The animal's personality charms from the first spread, as it uses a newspaper to avoid rain while wearing red rain boots. Hedgehog also mails a love letter, knits directly from a ram's coat, and cuts out a paper butterfly banner. Martin's rhythmic text and use of repetition and alliteration, coupled with graceful scenes of nature celebrating the day's downpour, make a soothing read aloud.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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