FICTION

Puddle

illus. by Chris Raschka. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Mar. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0062651952.
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PreS-Gr 1—A discontented playground puddle bemoans being too deep, comparing herself to other more shallow puddles. She forgets all her woes when after the rain ends, the sun appears, and her fellow puddles dry up. Surrounded by school children, she reflects a rainbow and gets a virtual hug from a young girl. Raschka's signature nearly abstract gouache and watercolor illustrations transition from gray-blue to a slowly brightening wash of colors as the puddle transforms from despondent to elated, matching the tone of Jackson's jaunty rhyming text.
VERDICT A winsome and uplifting tale of an unusual protagonist for most picture book shelves.

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