January 19, 2015
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
by April Pulley Sayre
Beach Lane Books
If you’re already a fan, here’s another great book by April Pulley Sayre. If you don’t know her work, pick this one up to share with the youngest readers on your list.
Sayre is a top notch author for creating books that make science kid-friendly for the youngest readers. This time around her topic is rain. What is it like for the smallest animals who live outdoors when water falls?
Sayre discusses the approaching rain and as it begins to fall all the way through the very last drop. But what happens to those droplets once the rain quits falling? Sayre covers that too and she doesn’t with the simplest text imaginable.
“And when the sun shines . . .
raindrops slowly dry.”
Sayre’s text is simple and straightforward but also poetic and it is complimented by gorgeous photography. As much as I love the cover photo (see above), my very favorite is the one near the beginning of the book that shows a tree frog just barely visible in his hiding place.
Following the main text of the book, Sayre has included an extensive author’s note about the science of rain. Between this and the main text, the book is a top notch choice for early readers who are learning about the water cycle.
Share this book in your class room but remember, the gentle lyrical text would also make an excellent bedtime story as the rain patters on the windows.