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Children's Fiction Seasons

Rainy Days

by (author) Deborah Kerbel

illustrated by Miki Sato

Publisher
Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2023
Category
Seasons, Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Camping & Outdoor Activities
Recommended Age
1 to 3
Recommended Grade
p
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781772782462
    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Board book

    ISBN
    9781772782776
    Publish Date
    Mar 2023
    List Price
    $13.95

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Description

Sunny rain sparkling showers
Water for our trees and flowers

For preschoolers, rainy weather is full of possibility. A puddle in the back yard is just waiting for a stomp in rubber rain boots. A light drizzle is perfect for a search-and-rescue mission for worms and snails. And watching a heavy rainfall makes sitting inside with a warm bowl of soup all the cozier.

In Rainy Days, author Deborah Kerbel once again captures the magic of early childhood awe and wonder with rhyming couplets that celebrate every kind of rainy-day activity. Illustrator Miki Sato’s unique tactile collage art nearly rises from the page with fascinating features made from paper, felt, and embroidery silk. A final page includes enriching STEM activities inquisitive little ones. Rainy Days is the fourth book in the Weather Days collection that includes the critically-acclaimed titles Snow Days, Sunny Days, and Windy Days.

“I cannot resist a clever bit of paper cutting, no matter how hard I want to… Layered paper illustrations by Sato expertly provide the color you need in a book with such gray skies.”School Library Journal, Fuse 8

“Starting with the rain and how that can sadden kids, to finding the joy in things that kids can still (or only) do in the rain. Taking something that might make them sad and giving them ideas to have fun is always a good lesson for all of us, kids and parents. The illustrations are neat and clear, with details that enhance without distracting the reader.”—Youth Services Book Review

About the authors

Deborah Kerbel is the author of several picture books, including Before You Were Born, When Molly Drew Dogs, and the award-winning Sun Dog, as well as novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Born in London, England, she moved to Canada at the age of two and went on to attend the University of Western Ontario. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year, and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving children, and a schnoodle named Alfredo.

 

Deborah Kerbel's profile page

Miki Sato is a Japanese-Canadian illustrator who uses a variety of different textures and materials to create three-dimensional images. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto to complete her degree in illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her first picture books are Golden Threads written by Suzanne Del Rizzo and Snow Days written by Deborah Kerbel.

 

Miki Sato's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Rainy Days

2022 The Children’s Book Council “April: Hot Off the Press” feature

“Anyone seeking a refreshing spin on rainy-day books will find it here. This delightful picture book is awash in treats for readers’/listeners’ ears and eyes, with bouncy, lively, rhythmic verses…The artwork suits the book’s message, with pages splashed with lovely, lively, textured illustrations…Rainy days bring all sorts of pleasures; reading this book is just one of them.”—Kirkus Reviews

“I cannot resist a clever bit of paper cutting, no matter how hard I want to…This is one of those titles that have the poofy covers and then the thinner but incredibly difficult to rip or tear plasticy pages. You’ll appreciate their hearty quality since this book is bound to be a favorite each time a rainy day comes along.”— School Library Journal, Fuse 8

Starting with the rain and how that can sadden kids, to finding the joy in things that kids can still (or only) do in the rain. Taking something that might make them sad and giving them ideas to have fun is always a good lesson for all of us, kids and parents. The illustrations are neat and clear, with details that enhance without distracting the reader.”—Youth Services Book Review

As an adult, it is often easy to think of the inconveniences of rainy weather even if it is essential to life on our planet. This book highlights the joy that can be found on a nice rainy day.”—YA Books Central

I will definitely be using this book in the classroom with my young readers, and I believe Rainy Days would be a great tool in any parent or teacher's toolbox”—CM Magazine

“The art is cut-paper art and collage, which I thought was very tactile and really interesting, and as you can see it is very bright and fun for kids.”—CTV Your Morning

“What a way to get started on a library for a new baby or a favorite toddler. Each of the books captures the magic found in nature and its many blessings.” Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Rainy Days…is a rhyming, rhythmic romp through puddles. Fun to chant out loud, for a movement activity and for a look at how the world changes with rain.”—The International Educator

“5 out of 5 stars… The mixed-media art style is absolutely phenomenal. The bright colors are attractive, and every page is so beautiful...I am literally in awe of this gorgeous art! The text is simple, but enchanting…and is a delight to read out loud! This charming book will remind both adults and children that there is joy to be found in simple happy things… like a rainy day.”—Luminous Libro

“This sweet book is a celebration of rainy weather and all its possibilities…it captures the playful magic of a rainy day through the eyes of a child.”—Charlotte Offsay (@COffsay)

“This book is just perfect for a day like today…delicate, sweet words, and amazing illustrations bring rainy days to life in a joyful way. We especially loved how the illustrations [are] crafted. They jump off the page…We absolutely love it!”—Becca’s Book Box

“With colorful mixed-media collage art and fun rhymes, young children discover all the exciting activities that the rain provides. The thick pages are great for withstanding toddler life and there are a few ideas for experimenting in the rain as well.”—Jazmin (Instagram)

Other titles by Deborah Kerbel

Other titles by Miki Sato