Book Review: Peter Spier’s Rain

Rating: ★★★★★

Another outstanding wordless book by Peter Spier, this one follows a young brother and sister as they don raincoats, hats, and umbrellas to enjoy a rainy day outdoors.  As in Peter Spier’s Christmas, the book is illustrated with minutely detailed drawings showing varied aspects of the childrens’ experience.

The reader can almost feel the drenching rain and hear the games the children play as they explore their transformed world.  The visual experience of a cool, wet outdoors contrasts with the steam of the warm kitchen and bath after they come inside to enjoy the comfort of a family meal at the end of the day.  This story is one of exploring and experiencing the natural world, but the adventure begins and ends in a secure home which bears the stamp of their parents’ hard work and loving demeanor.  An irresistible read.

This excellent book is unfortunately out of print, but is generally available on the used book market.

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Publication Information: Spier, Peter. Peter Spier's Rain. Doubleday. 1982. ISBN: 0385241054.
Categories: 5 Stars, Age 04-08, Books Children Love,, Read-Aloud Handbook
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Posted on April 28, 2010

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