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Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse

Come On, Rain

by Karen Hesse

Other authors: John J. Muth (Illustrator)

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I felt very indifferent about this book. Overalll, it was an engaging and 'cute' story but the message within it was a bit unclear. A little girl is hoping for rain in an endless, hot, drought. Finally, a storm rolls through and she gets really excited. As she says in the book, "A creeper of hope circles round my bones. 'Come, on rain!' I whisper." The little girl joins her best friends, in their bathing suits and dance in the rain. I really did like how descriptive the story was to help paint the picture. For example, the author describes the weather by saying, "And that's when I see it coming, clouds rolling in, gray clouds, bunched and bulging under a purple sky." I would recommend this as a read aloud without purpose as it's difficult to break down and build a lesson off of.
  sminto2 | Feb 11, 2019 |
The book starts off with a severe drought and all the plants dying. Then it adds to your thinking when the little girl sees rain clouds. Then it adds more to your thinking when she goes to her friends house to tell her to put her bathing suit on. This book falls under synthesizing because it adds more and more to the children's thinking ( )
  SharleyWade | Feb 27, 2018 |
This is the story of Tess, a little girl in the city in the hot, dry summer, waiting for some rain. She looks out and sees rainclouds on the horizon, and gets her friends together in swimsuits, and when the rains come even the mothers come out to dance in it. ( )
  Tarawyn | Nov 21, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book, “Come On Rain” by Karen Hesse, because of the descriptive language she used to convey how excited Tessie and her mother were about the rain coming. Without directly saying through dialog that the community was facing a drought, the author describes running though the “crackling-dry path” and picking up “lifeless vines”. Tessie and her mother never say how happy they were when the rain finally comes. The author describes their celebration, saying they “flung off their shoes” and their “barelegged mammas danced down the steps”. Hesse also never said it was raining hard. Hesse writes the rain “streams through our hair and down our backs”. From this description, I can imagine how hard the rain came down. The main purpose of this story was for entertainment and to show how circumstance can transform positively if you wait and work hard. In this story the daughter and mother worked hard and cared for their plants even when all the plants were all dying from lack of water. They did all they could do without any water and then they were rewarded when it finally rained. This message can relate and inspire kids to keep working hard for something, even if they do not have all the tools yet. The main character was also similar in age to a child that would be reading this book which could be an inspiring role model when they see other kids their age working hard. ( )
  cpoers1 | Oct 10, 2017 |
"Come on, rain!" Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Up and down the block, cats pant while heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway. More than anything, Tess hopes for rain. And when it comes, she and her friends are ready for a surprising joyous celebration.... Through exquisite language and acute observation, Newbery medalist Karen Hesse recreates the glorious experience of a quenching rainstorm on a sweltering summer day. Jon J Muth's masterful and lyrical watercolors perfectly reflect the spirit of the text.
  wichitafriendsschool | Sep 11, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0590331256, Hardcover)

In this quietly affecting story, award-winning author Karen Hesse and artist Jon J. Muth deftly capture the magnificence of a sudden rainstorm on a swelteringly hot day. Much more than a simple tale of weather, Come On, Rain! also portrays the tenderness of mother-daughter relations, the rhythms of urban society, and the power of nature to transform and reinvigorate all forms of life.

The book's collaborators, more like alchemists, work wonders. Muth's sunbaked watercolors perfectly convey the washed-out, drought-stricken world, while Hesse's gripping narrative--a detailed prose poem written in the voice of the watchful, pigtailed Tessie--conveys undaunted hope and anticipation. Like a long-limbed little bird--all twiggy arms and legs--Tessie moves through the neighborhood, observing her Mamma, her friends, the skies, even the streets:

Up and down the block,
cats pant,
heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway....

I stare out over rooftops,
past chimneys, into the way off distance.
And that's when I see it coming,
clouds rolling in,
gray clouds, bunched and bulging under a purple sky.

A creeper of hope circles round my bones.
"Come on, rain!" I whisper.

As the downpour approaches, Tessie gathers her neighborhood friends for a romp in the raindrops. Their eager anticipation is matched by a rain shower so gigantic, it even makes their mothers run into the street. It's literally the stuff that dreams are made of--my own daughter dreamed of the delicious downpour the night we first read the book. (Click to see a sample spread. Text ©1999 by Karen Hesse. Illustrations ©1999 by Jon J. Muth. Reproduced with permission of Scholastic, Inc.) (Ages 5 and older) --Jean Lenihan

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:32 -0400)

A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat.

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