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KIRKUS REVIEW

A note tells us that Bassett told these stories about Johnny Raindrop to his children years ago. Now that he has great-grandchildren, such devices are less well accepted in children's science books. His simple, lively explanations of the water cycle, hail, thunderstorms, and ice make the processes very clear on this pre-elementary level; but the cuteness cloys (the ""fly-off"" raindrops ""haven't been much use, so they are called back to the sky for another try"") and--notwithstanding Rene Dubos' appended reminder that ""all ancient people personified the forces and elements of nature""--one might have expected co-author Bartlett, a science teacher and writer, to delete the pleading, tingling, lecturing, wondering Johnny Raindrop altogether. The pictures are cloddish.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1981
Publisher: Four Winds