It's Raining, It's Pouring
Product Code: 40770
Binding Information: Hardback w/CD
Ages: 4 - and up
Availability: In Stock
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One of the most beloved children's songs gets a rollicking picture book treatment by the beloved trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Featuring witty and whimsical art by the renowned illustrator Christine Davenier, this stunning new book offers plenty of fun, whether it's raining or not. Complete with a CD featuring Peter, Paul & Mary's marvelous version of the title song, along with Peter Yarrow singing "Believe Town" and Noel Paul Stookey performing "Glory of Love," this beautiful picture book is perfect for rainy days, bedtime, or any time. This book is good for your brain because it provides:
One of the most beloved children's songs gets a rollicking picture book treatment by the beloved trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Featuring witty and whimsical art by the renowned illustrator Christine Davenier, this stunning new book offers plenty of fun, whether it's raining or not.
Complete with a CD featuring Peter, Paul & Mary's marvelous version of the title song, along with Peter Yarrow singing "Believe Town" and Noel Paul Stookey performing "Glory of Love," this beautiful picture book is perfect for rainy days, bedtime, or any time.
This book is good for your brain because it provides:
Kirkus Reviews - May 15, 2012In 1961, Peter, Paul and Mary made an extremely engaging piece combining the title ditty, a game of hide-and-seek and snatches of nursery rhymes; Davenier takes it a visual step further to make an absolutely engaging picture book.
Fluid colors and vivacious line define the images, which not only show a wonderful old house with a warm kitchen and a fine old stairway, but a huge apple tree outside. Populating this cozy locale are a gaggle of children visiting grandma and grandpa. It's grandpa who is in bed with an ice pack on his head ("the old man is snoring. / Bumped his head...") The children, driven indoors by the rain, start a game of hide-and-seek. One moppet climbs into bed next to grandpa and reads to him. Familiar nursery rhymes ("Star light, star bright"; "Hey diddle-diddle") play out in the pictures with grandpa and moppet as actors. Meanwhile, the barefoot children (all of their shoes are lined up by the stairs) are quietly hiding in the closet, under the table where grandma is peeling apples and even under grandpa's bed! (That's where the twins are.) There's a big old dog and a ginger cat, and the cow who jumped over the moon--at least in grandpa's and moppet's imaginations--peeks in the window at "Olly, Olly in free!" And it looks like the sun has come out. A note about the song from the performers, Davenier's note about being at her grandmother's with all of her cousins and an enclosed three-song CD round out a near-perfect whole.
The original song with its three-part counterpoint is deliciously imagined on these pages.
Publishers Weekly - June 15, 2012Davenier's (the Very Fairy Princess books) fluid artwork illustrates the lyrics to Peter, Paul, and Mary's 1962 recording, "It's Raining." When rain interrupts a group of kids' outdoor fun, they head indoors to play hide-and-seek, while one child reads in bed with the ailing "old man" (grandpa), who bumped his head on a flowerpot. The folk trio's lyrics reference the hide-and-seek game, and the verses draw in other nursery rhymes ("Hey Diddle Diddle"; "Star Light, Star Bright"); the song's original verse about burning ladybug children has been skipped, happily. In Davenier's capable hands, the grandparents' warm, welcoming home provides a cozy contrast to the gloomy weather, and the verses accompany whimsical fantasy scenes of grandpa and child interacting with nursery rhyme characters; along with the lines "Won't be my father's Jack./ No, I won't be my mother's Jill," the grandfather offers his ice pack to Jack, who has just tumbled down the hill. A sweet-natured interpretation with a happy ending--grandpa is certainly capable of getting up in the morning. An accompanying CD presents this and two other songs.
School Library Journal - September 1, 2012This cozy picture book illustrates the classic song. The appropriately watery, dreamy spreads flesh out the lyrics, creating a variety of side stories for readers to enjoy. When the rain starts, Grandpa, the "old man," bumps his head on a hanging flower pot and is put to bed. Meanwhile, Grandma bakes an apple pie and kids peek out from every corner of the delightful house in an indoor game of hide-and-seek. Colorful watercolors provide appealing details and perspectives, from Grandpa in bed to the hide-and-seek game and then, following the song's lyrics, to a nursery rhyme ("Hey diddle-diddle") somewhere between fantasy and reality with grandpa and one of the children. The CD features this song and two others, and the illustrations work beautifully with the haunting melody. Both the book and the recording omit the song's original verse: "Lady Bug, Lady Bug, fly away home./Your house is on fire, and your children, they will burn, They will burn." A performers' note is included.
Booklist - March 11, 2013The ideal way to experience this book is to read it while listening to the accompanying CD, which includes songs recorded by the folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary for their debut album. The CD contains three tracks: “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring,” “Make-Believe Town,” and “Glory of Love.” The book follows Peter, Paul, and the late Mary Travers’ nursery-rhyme tone poem precisely, as it melds together a game of hide-and-seek (Mary does the counting) with the motif of “It’s Raining,” punctuated by nursery rhymes like “Star Light, Star Bright” and “Hey Diddle Diddle.” Davenier’s lively watercolors create a rainy farmhouse scene in which, you guessed it, the old man bumps his head and goes back to bed while a little girl reads him rhymes. The action shuttles from the rhymes to the game of hide-and-seek; as a result, reading this without the musical tracks can be somewhat confusing. With the song playing, though, it’s a little bit magical.