Rain StomperJazmin was so excited - she was all set to twirl her baton in the big neighborhood parade. Everyone would dance and celebrate together. But then, the clouds started rolling in. Would her special day be ruined?
by Addie Boswell
illustrations by Eric Velasquez
NY: Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2008
ages 4 -10
This book combines wonderful poetry and pictures. The text is vibrant, coming alive with images and descriptions - it works wonderfully as a read aloud. And the pictures make you feel Jazmin's full range of emotions. It's fun to read, but it is also rich and full of possibilities for engaging in interesting conversations about what makes it work so well. Take a look at Boswell's descriptive writing:
Jazmin threw open her front door.But the story doesn't stop with the rain storm. Jazmin didn't let the storm get her down. She decided to go out anyway, stomping, jumping and kicking in the rain. Kids came out of their houses to watch Jazmin as she splashed, spun and jumped, and her energy and optimism drawing them into the parade. Velasquez's illustrations are dynamic as they show Jazmin's energy and all the kids as they all splashed, banged, bashed, and clattered on the sidewalk. To see more of the pictures, visit Velasquez's website.
Wind whistled through her hair.
Thunder rumbled the ground.
The sun scuttled behind the clouds.
The sky twisted into a thick, black coil.
The rain poured down in buckets.
Thunder rattled the bricks in the walls.
(c) Addie Kay Boswell
A wide range of kids will enjoy and appreciate this book. Young children will love the sounds of the book and want to go out and stomp in puddles themselves. Students in first through third grades may enjoy trying to put sounds in their poetry to add action and drama. Older students will be able to identify some of the poetic devices, especially the onomatopoeia such as "the wind whistled through her hair." I also love how this book shows a character working to solve her problems, taking action and doing something to turn a bad day into a great one.
Get your rain boots on and don't let the storm clouds get you down. I'm sure there are some puddles you can stomp in together!
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