Monday, September 8, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 142

Picture Book: Come On Rain!

Author: Karen Hesse

Illustrator: Jon J. Muth

Summary: On a sweltering day in the city, Tessie is hoping for rain. She sees clouds and smells a hint of a storm coming. Her mother weeds her sagging garden complaining of 3 weeks with no rain. Tessie convinces her friends to put on bathing suits and come outside. Eventually, Tessie’s hopes are realized for the sudden rainstorm does come, and the girls are waiting and ready. Soon the delight of the rain compels their mothers to join them, barefooted and barelegged. It’s an inter-generational dance celebrating the magnificent transformation of the city in a matter of moments.

Hanna’s Comments: This picture book is full of promise for scriptural connections. In this story you have a drought, a long hopeful wait, a prophet who acts on her beliefs by putting on a bathing suit and compelling others to do the same, the joy that comes when hopes (prayers) are realized, and the transformation of behavior and even relationships when their joy is expressed and shared.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Scholastic, 1999

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Audible

PBT Category: Pre 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: adoration, celebration/party, community, dance/dancing, drought, gratitude/thankfulness/thanksgiving, hope, joy, neighbors, neighborhood, prayer, prophesy/prophets, rain, renewal/restoration, transformation, unity, water, weather, worship

Scripture Connections: Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12)

Idea(s) for Application: Use this book to help children understand how being a prophet is related to hope in God and faith in God’s ways. 

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