Puddle Song

Creative Editions. Mar. 2023. 14p. Board $9.99. ISBN 9781568463834.
PreS-Gr 3–“Bring me your boots, you stompers and jumpers./ Bring me your leaves, you wind-rattled trees.” Who is narrating this divine glimpse of children, who are variously Asian, brown, and white, riotously clomping, skipping, and whirling through a rainy day? The puddle, of course. In atmosphere and dress, the watercolorlike illustrations strike an old-fashioned tone but adhere to the puddle’s perspective, offering surprising close-ups of a doggy’s curious face and leaves floating past. A solid ode to childhood’s passion of viewing a silky surface and destroying it.
VERDICT A first purchase; joyful, economical, and exhilarating.

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