A thunderstorm interrupts a young girl and her farm family’s daily routine, until finally the drips stop dropping for some muddy fun before bedtime.
Succinct rhymes, measured and
musical, trace the arc of the day, from morning to moontime, with astonishing
restraint, grace and fluidity. Words land on readers’ ears with the pleasing,
plodding patter of raindrops. Unexpected word choices endow simple
poetry with remarkable inflections: “Gray
on gray. Dark and glooming. / Black on black. Storm is looming”; “Pounding, hounding, noisy-sounding. /
Dripping, dropping. Never stopping.” Double-page illustrations, enriched
by copious crosshatches and confident linework, bring the farm’s kitchen,
pastures, barnyard and stable into almost three-dimensional focus. Rounded
shapes soften each scene, instilling the pictures with bosomy warmth that
surfaces everywhere: as a hat, a bucket, a dandelion, a steppingstone, an
umbrella, the sun. A radiant sun, beaming with bars of light clear to the
horizon, serves as a perfect visual for this idyllic song for the agricultural
family—one that’s weathered many storms.
Folk-art–inspired illustrations, astonishing in both their technical accomplishment and their heart, harmonize beautifully with lyrical language. (Picture book. 2-6)