When rain comes to the parched African savanna, the animals use all their senses to track the storm. The porcupine smells rain in the air. The zebras see lightning. The baboons hear thunder. The rhino feels the first drops. And the lion tastes the cool water. For a time, the grasslands abound with new green leaves, juicy fruits, and fresh pools of water. But soon the hot sun dries out the land, and the animals must again wait for the next big rain.
Manya Stojic's picture book debut is as satisfying and refreshing as the rain she describes. With paintings that are exuberant and saturated with color and a simple text that rolls off the tongue with pleasure and ease, here is a book parents and teachers will enjoy sharing again and again.
March 24, 2009
Preschool - 2
Lexile: 120L | Fountas/Pinnell: J
Manya Stojic was born in Belgrade, Yugo-slavia. She has lived and worked in such far-flung places as New York City and Zimbabwe. This is her first book for children.
is a real eye-catcher, a comely picture book that heralds an auspicious beginning for a newcomer.”—The New York Times Book Review
“The brilliant double-page spreads, the play on the five senses, and a text that invites participation make this one trip to Africa you can’t afford to miss!”—School Library Journal
“A delightful title from a talented newcomer.”—Kirkus Reviews,