Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rain Brings Frogs – A Little Book of Hope

Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Nate loves to be positive in everything he sees – the rain brings frogs and he likes frogs. One ice cream cone is enough to share, no matter what someone else might think. Behind the clouds is the sun. For Nate, it’s really just about perspective. Why complain about the mud when he finds a rainbow in it? There is always something fun, something happy, or something good, that he can find in every situation. Instead of being sad that he wasn’t first, Nate is glad he finished. What a great attitude! Instead of complaining about what he doesn’t have, he is happy with what he has. How about you? Just give it a try.

The simple colorful illustrations are perfect for the expressive text. Nate’s can-do, positive attitude makes him a winner every day – rain or shine. Children need to learn that life is not perfect, and sometimes they need to be able to deal with the changes that come. A positive attitude is much better than a complaining whining one.

While the illustrations are colorful and simple, the recommendation of newborn readers is a little much. Reading is usually for comprehension and newborns have not yet developed comprehension for reading. However, two to seven year olds should enjoy the book.

BIBLIO: 2011, Harper Collins Publishers, Ages Newborn - 7, $9.99.
REVIEWER: Debby Willett
FORMAT: Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-06-196106-9

REVIEWED FOR: Children’s Literature, Online Version, 2-15-11

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