Pouring rain, bursting sky. My umbrella keeps me dry.
The clever rhymes in Rainy Days really make for an entertaining way to teach children rhyme and rhythm. Being that the many forms of rain are something that, especially in Canada, we see in our day-to-day lives, children will be able to engage with the story because it is relatable and compelling.
Rainy Days is suitable for children as young as one or two-years-old if they can pay attention to the sounds, textures and story. It is also good for early readers at the pre-school or kindergarten level because of the large type and easy-to-read words. Although my advance review copy of Rainy Days did not include any of the tactile features, the final version, which will have a padded cover with rounded corners, will have many ways for children to interact with the book’s contents using all of their senses. The use of onomatopoeia in the text not only helps readers engage their imagination but adds a way for parents to add vivid sounds to the story to entertain even the most distracted of listeners. I will definitely be using this book in the classroom with my young readers, and I believe Rainy Days would be a great tool in any parent or teacher's toolbox. This author and illustrator team also collaborated on Windy Days , Sunny Days, and Snow Days.
Dayanara Fruhbrodt is an English teacher and Behavior Interventionist living in the rainy city of Vancouver, British Columbia.