Title: Sometimes rain
Written by: Meg Fleming
Illustrated by: Diana Sudyka
Publisher: Beach lane Books, October 2018
Themes: seasons, weather, wonder, exploration,
Sometimes it rains, sometimes it snows, sometimes the sun shines, and sometimes the trees change color. But no matter what the seasons bring, there is lots of fun to be had! (Publisher)
Why I like this book:
This lyrical, and gently rhyming text invites the reader to immerse herself in the wonder and discovery of the seasons with all their temporal breadth. The pacing is subtle with both text and illustrations slowing down then speeding up the reader’s focus. So much atmosphere with so few words resulting in the timeless wonder and fun of childhood through the seasons.
The gouache watercolor illustrations are vibrant, whimsical and pulsing with life with the diverse cast we are starting to rightly expect in our picture books. This is a book that will be a terrific group read-aloud as well as one I would select for bedtime snuggles.
This is a great text for units on seasons/weather and rhyme.
I might match this with Red Sings from the treetops by Joyce Sidman and A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel.
Frost is so exquisitely illustrated by Diana Sudyka, I think I would look at some stylistic weather illustration with older children.
This post is part of a series by authors and children’s literature bloggers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays. For more picture book suggestions see Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.