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Guest Blogger Allison: Rain Play

Allison Roberts reviews Rain Play by Cynthia Cotton and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe today. Rain Play is a Henry Holt and Company 2008 title. 

book rainplay Guest Blogger Allison: Rain Play

Most people leave the park when rain begins to fall, while others enjoy the sights, sounds, and feel of the cool water – until thunder and lightning come near.


Summer is a time of year that thunderstorms can pop-up rather suddenly. Enjoy the adventures of children that decide to stay and play in the rain. The cut-paper collage and paint illustrations along with the lyrical rhymes of the words help to make this poem come to life. It is full of onomatopoeia and a simple text that flows like rain. 

Rain Play

By Cynthia Cotton

Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Henry Holt and Company Books for Young Readers

New York
Published: April 2008
Grade Range: p to 1
Age Range: 3 to 6
ISBN: 978-0-8050-6795-8
ISBN-10: 0-8050-6795-7
Picture Book Poetry
Trim: 7 x 11 inches
32 pages, full-color throughout

Please leave comments for Allison here or email her. Allison teaches at an arts magnet school so welcomes review titles for art, music, and drama.