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Sunday, April 3, 2022

rainy days, written by Deborah Kerbel and illustrated by Miki Sato. Pajama Press, 2022. $19.95 ages 2 and up

"Pouring rain, bursting sky
My umbrella keeps me dry

Stormy rain, flash and boom 
Watching from a cozy room

Poetry is very important for little ones. They respond to the rhythm of the words, and begin to understand that many words sound the same. Rhyme is a very important part of the reading process. Children who know how to rhyme have a better chance of success at school. 

This is the fourth in a series of padded hardcover books for our youngest readers. It follows Windy Days, Sunny Days and Snow Days. What a way to get started on a library for a new baby or a favorite toddler. Each of the books captures the magic found in nature and its many blessings. 

The rhymes are playful, rolling off the tongue as the book is shared again and again. The collage art is a reminder of the other books in the series. Created with paper collage, textiles and embroidery silk, the illustrations are appealing for their attention to detail. You will want to pore over them with your little one in your lap, and allow time for a long look and constant conversation. Five fun experiments are suggested following the text. There are so many things you can do outside on rainy days. This beautiful book is a reminder of that. The time is coming!                                                

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