Sunday, July 13, 2014

It's Raining!: New Gail Gibbons book

It's Raining!
written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
2014 (Holiday House)
Source: Orange County Public Library

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One of the things you should appreciate about a Gail Gibbons book is that she is able to explain processes in simple, sparse text. When you write for elementary age students, that is important. In this book, she tackles weather and the water cycle. With detailed illustrations, Gibbons explains how water goes through evaporation and condensation stages. Next, five different types of rain clouds are described with illustrations that give a great visual of each one. A great two page spread of rainfall maps around the world follows. Readers get to see how much rain falls in all seven continents. Do you think rain is just rain? Gibbons will show you that it can take five different forms and fall from five different cloud types. There is also information about flash flooding, threats to clean water, and safety tips on what to do during a storm. By reading It's Raining!, you will be awash in information about rain.


  1. Sounds like a book that a lot of young readers would enjoy! Thanks for sharing, Jeff! :)

  2. Wish I'd known about this book last year. My daughter got really bogged down in a less interesting book about the water cycle. Will have to bookmark this one for when we come around to it again with the next child. Thanks so much for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week! This looks fantastic!


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