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Big rain coming
Germein, Katrina.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Though everyone eagerly awaits the rain, it is slow in coming.
Reading Level:
AD 330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 44100.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.3 1 Quiz: 24974 Guided reading level: NR.
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As one dry day follows another in the Australian outback, everyone and everything is waiting for the rain, which seems as though it will never come. Rosie's kids, the panting dogs, the fat green frogs, and Old Stephen all do what they can to keep cool as they watch for storm clouds on the horizon. Stunningly beautiful full-color artwork and spare text evoke the long wait during the dry season, and the jubilant relief when the long-promised rain finally arrives. Any child can identifywith the theme of how hard it is to wait for something you want, and the outsize, brilliantly colored, stylized illustrations--which feature imagery from Aboriginal mythology--make this an especially striking picture book that will captivate and delight young readers.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. "Big rain coming," says Old Joseph, and everyone waits, trying to stay cool through a hot, dry week in the Australian outback. The kids swim after school and sleep outdoors, the dogs bury themselves in the dirt, the frogs find leaks in the water tank, until finally on Saturday it comes: "Wonderful cool wet RAIN." More a situation than a story, this picture book's real attraction is its stunning paintings in aboriginal style. Silhouetted figures stretch across a landscape alive with rhythmic patterns: the billabong appears an almost psychedelic quilt of purple water and green lilly pads; the sun and moon are smiling, joyful, and pulsing. Most striking, though, is the band of swirling colors and totems that runs along the ground and across the pages, signifying the aboriginal belief that invisible dreaming tracks cross Earth, guiding the clans through their songs of creation. Young ones won't get the reference, but they will connect with the paintings' vibrant energy and return to look at this lovely art gallery between covers. --Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

This well-crafted picture book from an Australian team brings the dry and dusty reaches of the outback straight to American readers. On Sunday, Old Stephen, a white-bearded Aborigine, predicts rain, but it takes all week to arrive. With each day that passes, anticipation builds like the dark clouds on the horizon and everyone struggles to keep cool. On Monday, "The night was so warm Rosie's kids dragged their beds outside to maybe feel some breeze while they slept"; on Tuesday, dogs dig holes for shelter from the heat; and so on. Finally, on Saturday, it happensÄ"wonderful cool wet RAIN." A minimum of text per spread emulates the patient waiting of the people and animals in Bancroft's intricately patterned illustrations. She represents the earth with stylized swirls of brown and black and creates the billabong from a patchwork of limpid purples and greens. People appear as black silhouettes clothed in bright polka dots and stripes; lizards scamper across the foreground, and in the sky, the sun is an ever-changing orb of concentric circles and dots. Through it all runs the unifying motif of the Rainbow Serpent, an aboriginal symbol of creation closely associated with water and life, flowing in a ribbon of abstract design across the bottom of nearly every page. This evocative picture book saturates the senses as surely as rain does the parched earth. Ages 4-8. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-The rainbow serpent, an aboriginal symbol of creation in the dreamtime, winds his way across the bottom of the pages in this picture book first published in Australia. When Old Stephen sees the dark clouds spreading in the south, he knows there is a big rain coming. Each weekday passes, however, and the weather remains hot and dry. Readers are introduced to Rosie's kids, the dogs at Roberta's place, children swimming in the billabong-but still there is no rain. On Friday, thick gray clouds echo with thunder. Finally, on Saturday-"Wonderful cool wet RAIN" begins to fall. Using aboriginal motifs and bold graphics, Bancroft utilizes rich colors and thick black lines to good effect. The text is well paced with a perfect rhythm for reading aloud, and the large, clean double-page spreads make for easy viewing.-Doris Gebel, Northport-East Northport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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