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The Resource Rain, written and illustrated by Manya Stojic

Rain, written and illustrated by Manya Stojic

Label
Rain
Title
Rain
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Manya Stojic
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The animals of the African savanna use their senses to predict and then enjoy the rain
Award
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books: 2000
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2000.
Review
  • Books for Youth, For the Young: Ages 3-6. "The rain is coming!" The porcupine can smell it. The zebras can see it, the baboons can hear it, and the lion can taste it. But this is more than just a cumulative tale in which all the animals add their perceptions of the coming storm. This also gives a sense of what life is like in the hot, dry African savanna and the effect rain has on the landscape. After the storm, the animals reap the rewards of the rain: the rhino can no longer feel the rain, but he can lie in the soft mud; the baboon no longer hears the rain, but he can eat fresh, juicy fruit. All this is done with a minimal text and big, splashy pictures that bring both the animals and the storm up close. Stojic applies her paint thickly, with bold, colorful strokes that will make the book easy to see in story hours or in primary-grade science classes, where it will offer an easy entry into a discussion of weather patterns and how they affect habitat. ((Reviewed July 2000)) -- Ilene Cooper
  • "It was hot," announces Stojic in big, bold type at the opening of her handsome debut book. Indeed, the scorching savanna temperatures radiate from her abstract compositions, and the cracked soil and yellowed grasslands glow as if ignited by the sun. But the animals know that this weather cannot last forever: they variously smell, hear, see, feel or taste the approach of rain. The rain, greatly savored, eventually stops, but the animals continue to appreciate it: "We can't hear the rain now," shout the baboons, "but we can eat fresh, juicy fruit from the trees." The language is only serviceable, but the freshness of the art compensates. Stojic brings a deliciously heightened sensuality to her interpretation of savanna life. Tightly and often unconventionally framing her full-bleed, double-page spreads, she approximates a range of sensations, from the pleasure of the downpour (visualized as a spread of broad blue brush strokes) t0 the cozy ooze of the rhino's chocolate-colored mud hole to the mouthwatering lusciousness of the baboons' orange fruit. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • /* Starred Review */ An evocative depiction of the rain cycle in the African savannah marks Stojic's debut as writer and illustrator. Each page is filled with color, movement, and an impressionistic view of the African landscape. Brush strokes seem to leap off the page, and the representation of thunder, lightening, heat, and sunshine are visually exciting. Close-up drawings of the lion's large head, the porcupine's spiky bristles, and the zebra's black and white face contrasted with its pink tongue, fill the pages along with giant lettering. The story begins as the dry season is ending. Each animal reacts to a sensory perception of the coming rainy season and tells another in cumulative style. Animals hear and see and taste and feel the rain. After it comes, they can't feel and taste and hear it, but they can enjoy the benefits it brings. Then the cycle repeats. Stojic emphasizes action verbs, enlarged within the already oversized text. Water gushes and gurgles; mud is "cool, soft and squelchy." The large-size text and colorful illustrations make this a good title for read-aloud and its predictive, repetitive text lends itself to group participation and discussion. A delightful title from a talented newcomer. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2000)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
115279
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Stojic, Manya
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Zoology
  • Senses and sensation
  • Rain and rainfall
  • Africa
Target audience
primary
Label
Rain, written and illustrated by Manya Stojic
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000020147113
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780517800850
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
99035298
Other physical details
col. ill.
Label
Rain, written and illustrated by Manya Stojic
Publication
Control code
000020147113
Dimensions
26 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780517800850
Isbn Type
(trade)
Lccn
99035298
Other physical details
col. ill.

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