written and photographed by April Pulley Sayre
*Kudos to Jeff Sayre for the tree frog photograph!
2015 (Beach Lane Books)
Source: Orange County Public Library
Rain is coming. You can feel it in the air.
Raindrops Roll is a series of spectacular photographs accompanied by simple (In size only.) sentences that explore the effects of rain. (Reading the first sentence above makes me want to also accompany it with a Phil Collins drum roll from In the Air Tonight. It's hard to type when you are playing air drums.) The first set of photographs show different insects finding a place to hide from the rainstorm. Following these are sentences with vivid verbs (plop, patter, spatter) rhyming and vivid pictures to illustrate the power of these drops. The photographs could easily be the star of the show here, but don't be fooled. It is incredibly difficult to write sentences that have a rhythm and throw in other techniques like alliteration. As a wanna-be author, I stink at this. This would be a great text to use to show alliteration doesn't have to occur with the first word of a phrase or sentence:
They magnify and mingle and moisten.
The bow on this present of hermosa agua is the back matter. Detailed text explains why water falls to the land and how it can change forms. This would be an excellent resource for a unit on the water cycle. Grab a water bottle, slip on some Ramona Quimby red rain boots and enjoy reading and seeing Raindrops Roll.