Raindrops Roll

Photographs by April Pulley Sayre
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About The Book

Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes!

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean.

In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

About The Author
Photograph by Jeff Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning author of more than fifty-five natural history books for children and adults, including Raindrops RollBest in SnowFull of FallRah, Rah, Radishes!Go, Go, Grapes!Let’s Go Nuts!; Warbler Wave; and Bloom Boom! April and her husband, native plants expert Jeff Sayre, love science and adventure. Visit her at AprilSayre.com.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (January 2015)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481420648
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD560L ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

With lyrical words and striking images, a poet, photographer and veteran natural history writer celebrates rain."Rain plops. / It drops. // It patters. / It spatters." From the beginning of a storm to the return of the sun, this splendid presentation reveals the wonder of water in the form of rain. Short, rhythmic lines, often only two words but rhyming or alliterative, are set one to a page against a full-bleed photograph. Sayre's close observations, many in an ordinary garden, will lead readers and listeners to look more closely, too, both at her photographs and at the world around them. There are insects hiding from a shower; drops cling to flowers, leaves and insect legs. There are even tiny reflections in the globules. Raindrops bend down grasses, highlight shapes and band together. Some of the pictures harbor extra secrets. (A fly is barely visible on the front cover photograph.) These carefully chosen images have been thoughtfully arranged and beautifully reproduced. Preschoolers can appreciate the poem and pictures, but middle graders will want the facts in the concluding "Splash of Science," which provides some background and explanation for the short statements and goes on to describe "Raindrops Inside You," connecting the reader to the water cycle. Wonder-full in every way. (further resources) (Informational picture book. 3-8)

– Kirkus Reviews, November 2014, STARRED REVIEW

With lyrical words and striking images, a poet, photographer and veteran natural history writer celebrates rain...Sayre's close observations, many in an ordinary garden, will lead readers and listeners to look more closely, too, both at her photographs and at the world around them...These carefully chosen images have been thoughtfully arranged and beautifully reproduced. Preschoolers can appreciate the poem and pictures, but middle graders will want the facts in the concluding "Splash of Science," which provides some background and explanation for the short statements and goes on to describe "Raindrops Inside You," connecting the reader to the water cycle. Wonder-full in every way.

– Kirkus Reviews *STARRED REVIEW, November 2014

Raindrops get a close-up treatment in this quietly informative picture book. In gorgeous, page-filling, fullcolor photos of raindrops on lush greenery, Sayre shows typical water behavior...The spare words altogether are loosely rhythmic, and the simplicity of the motion-based vocabulary is mostly effective at demonstrating what’s happening in the photo. It’s the rich visuals, however, that steal the show. Not only do the photos beautifully capture water in action but they zoom in on things most kids could see in their own backyards or neighborhoods—an especially useful approach for visual or hands-on learners.

– Booklist, December 2014

This first-rate book highlights the beauty and wonder of rain—a seemingly commonplace occurrence—and shows its effects upon the rest of the natural world...Sayre has created a poetic atmosphere, using rhyming words (“Raindrop spangles/mark angles.”) and her vibrant, close-up photographs, which effectively complement the narrative and will engage children and adults alike...This attractive work is also ideal for read-alouds and an easy entry for students delving into nonfiction reading, especially in poetry or science units. This excellent title will transform how readers think about rain.

– School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW

In playful rhymes and breathtaking nature photography, Sayre offers a dramatic examination of a rain shower as droplets soak birds, roll down pumpkins, dot the backs of insects, and muddy the forest floor. Sayre’s close-up photographs are startling in their intimacy...These images alone are enough to make the book a treasure; an informative closing section exploring water’s forms, behavior, and characteristics is icing on the cake.

– Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW

A gorgeous close-up view of rain's effects on nature through photographs and spare phrases.

– Shelf Awareness

Awards and Honors
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
  • Red Clover Award Master List (VT)
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Green Earth Book Award Shortlist
  • Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
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