NONFICTION

Rain

illus. by Anders Holmer. 32p. Eerdmans. Oct. 2018. Tr $17. ISBN 9780802855077.
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K-Gr 3—Written entirely in haiku, this slim title depicts rainy days around the world. The verse transports readers from a person with a broken-down car in the middle of a storm to a much-needed rainfall after a forest fire. Each spread in the book shows how poetry and nature can marry to capture a mood in time. The work ends with a haiku about a moment after rain, a scene filled with falling pink tree petals and friendship. The delicate illustrations, done in greys and muted blues and browns, are atmospheric. The animals and people are given as much detail and care in the artwork as the tiny drops of water. This would make for an understated introduction to haiku; have students create their own weather-inspired poems.
VERDICT A quiet, somewhat melancholy addition to poetry collections.

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