Step into a town where all the children are friends, but a drought has made the adults so grumpy they can't stop arguing! Only a miracle can heal this divided town.
Folks are so hopeless, they almost don't recognize that miracle when it appears as a woman who specializes in rainsongs. Yet slowly the townspeople realize that with faith they can sustain each other during the dry times, and then sing down the rain together.
Joy Cowley's lyrical text and Jan Spivey Gilchrist's impassioned paintings create a story of a community's struggle to believe, and to connect with each other.
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Joy Cowley wrote this story after visiting a town in the American South. Her Mrs. Wishy-Washy books have a worldwide following. She lives in New Zealand.
Jan Spivey Gilchrist has illustrated numerous books for children, including the Coretta Scott King award–winner Nathaniel Talking and For the Love of the Game, both by Eloise Greenfield. She lives in a suburb of Chicago, IL.
Jan Spivey Gilchrist is the award-winning illustrator-author of seventy-four children's books. Dr. Gilchrist illustrated the highly acclaimed picture book The Great Migration: Journey to the North, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, a Junior Library Guild Best Book, an NAACP Image Award nominee, a CCBC Best Book, and a Georgia State Children's Book Award nominee. She won the Coretta Scott King Award for her illustrations in Nathaniel Talking and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her illustrations in Night on Neighborhood Street, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She was inducted into the Society of Illustrators in 2001 and into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 1999. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1-3?In the depressing heat of an extended drought, Brianna notices that "good and kind neighbors were getting real scritchy with each other." Until, that is, a mysterious "fine small woman with bangles on her arms, painted parrots in her ears, and a smile so big, it used most of her face" arrives. The stranger explains that she specializes in rainsongs. She begins her chanting, begging the children and skeptical, uninterested adults to help by joining in. One child, then a few at a time, join her, and finally the adults do, too, once the welcome rain begins to fall. Gilchrist's full-page, full-color illustrations face small vignettes and text that is set like verse. The soft, impressionistic paintings depict the general store and open landscape of a farm community. This beautiful, quiet book may be a shelf-sitter, but with a little pushing, it will certainly inspire cool relief for hot readers in warm climes.?Lisa Falk, Palos Verdes Library, CA
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110060276029
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