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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. 

Cynthia Cotten, Vermont childrens author, 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

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