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One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days by Rita Gray and Ryan O’Rourke

December 2, 2010

Since I’m clearly on a poetry kick here. . .

I love the rain. This is almost certainly due to having grown up in Las Vegas where rain is a very infrequent occurrence. My mom loves the rain too, and at the first sign of it, she’s building up the fire and breaking out the hot chocolate.

One Big Rain perfectly captures my love of rain with a whole array of rain related poems, organized by season. Oh, how different the cold rain of winter is from a sunny, soft summer drizzle.

The poems are a nice collection of classics (think Robert Frost) and new pieces. And they range from full page poems to brief little haiku.

And the illustrations are so whimsical and fun. If I didn’t desperately want to keep my copy whole and perfect, I’d consider cutting out the pages and framing them. They are that lovely.

I turn to this book any time it rains or any time I wish it would rain (so, approximately three times a week) and every time I fall a little more in love with it.

Plus, I’m discovering how wonderful poetry books are for children because you can read a lot or you can read one whole poem and then pat yourself soundly on the back for being such a terrific mother and giving your child the gift of literacy.

Copy received from publisher

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  • Reply Carly December 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Oh I am going to have to find this one. I also love the rain… and I love poetry. This is a win win (with good illustrations to boot?!).

  • Reply girlseeksplace December 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Definitely need to own this one. And I'm the sort of person who would buy two copies – one to keep and one to cut apart.

  • Reply Rhiannon December 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    You would make an excellent Oregonian! I think this would make a great gift for a girlfriend of mine who moved to Palm Springs and misses her Oregon rain a little bit.

  • Reply Lonica December 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    We checked out "Mirror, Mirror" from the library and are currently enjoying it. It really makes you think! I love books that can be enjoyed as both a youngster and an adult. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply McKinley December 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

    This looks like a really cute little book. I love love love poetry!! I will have to purchase it so I will be prepared for a rainy day.

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