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Come On, Rain [Hardcover]

By Karen Hesse (Author), Jon J. Muth (Author) & Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
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Tess, her friends, and their Mamas join in a joyous rain dance when their prayers are answered and the skies let loose after a long drought has parched the land.

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"Come on, Rain " Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Then the clouds roll in, and the rain pours. And Tess, her friends, and their Mamas join in a rain dance to celebrate the shower that renews both body and spirit. Through exquisite language and acute observation, Karen Hesse evokes this refreshing experience, and Jon J Muth's lyrical artwork perfectly reflects the spirit of the text.

Awards and Recognitions
Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse & Jon J. Muth has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Texas 2x2 Reading List - 2000 Recommended - Children's category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2001 Nominee - Picture Storybook category
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award - 2001 Nominee - Grades K-3 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse & Jon J. Muth has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1354
  • Publishers Weekly - 11/30/1998 page 70
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 12/15/1998 page 1798
  • School Library Journal - 03/01/1999 page 176
  • Booklist - 02/15/2000 page 1109
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1999 page 254
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/2000 page 73
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 614
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1999 page 254
  • Booklist - 02/01/1999
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 893

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Scholastic Press
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.27" Width: 10.32" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1999
Publisher   Scholastic Press
Age  4-7
ISBN  0590331256  
ISBN13  9780590331258  

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More About Karen Hesse & Jon J. Muth

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Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including "Out of the Dust," winner of the Newbery Medal, "Letters from Rifka," "Phoenix Rising," "Sable" and "Lavender." She has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

Karen Hesse currently resides in Williamsville, in the state of Vermont.

Karen Hesse has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Apple Signature Edition
  2. Dear America (Reissues)
  3. Scholastic Classics
  4. Scholastic Signature

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"Come On, Rain!" A Truly Beautiful Book!  Feb 17, 2002
I found the book "Come On, Rain!" at our local library and immediately picked it up. The first thing you will notice about this beautiful book are the gorgeous ilustrations! The pictures in this book are lovely and the prose is so happy and full of the anticipation everyone feels on a hot summer day while waiting for a cooling rain. You and you children will love this book!
Lyrical picture book  Oct 25, 2001
This lyrical ode to the coming rain, accompanied by the soothing wash of lush watercolors, make Hesse's Come on, Rain! sure to please young children. In prose that reads like poetry, young Tessie bemoans the heat of summer while waiting with confidence that rain will soon come. Along with her multicultural friends and all their mammas, Tessie dances in gratitude for the refreshing wetness the rain bestows. While the lyrical prose is of such beautiful quality it could stand on its own, the soft watercolor illustrations portray the emotions of the characters in such lovely detail; the two, the prose and illustrations, combine to create a delightful work of art. Even with the vertical lines of rain which one would expect to stop the motion of the story, Muth manages to create a sense of flowing from left to right, page to page, in keeping with the cadence of the text by using achromatic colors for the backgrounds of most pages. Recommended for children ages 4-8. Public librarians may want to share this title in a storytime about rain, along with Bill Martin's Listen to the Rain.
This is more than just another weather story!  Sep 4, 2001
"Come on, rain!" are the fervent words of Tess, as she looks toward the sky with a great deal of anticipation and hope. It has not rained in 3 weeks. Therefore, everyone in Tess's neighborhood and city was hoping for rain to bring relief from the scorching heat. Well, the best part of this story is that it seems her fervent words finally reached the clouds; for "over rooftops, past chimneys, into the way off distance . . . clouds came rolling in." As soon as Tess realizes that her wish for rain was on the way, she quickly gathers her close friends together (and their mothers too) to run, dance and play in the wonderful rain showers that fall upon the city.

The watercolor illustrations of Jon Muth do an excellent job of enhancing the movement of Ms. Hesse's story. The opening illustrations of bright yellow and gold give readers a sense of how hot and oppressive the heat was for Tess's neighborhood and city. Gradually as the rain clouds moves in, hues of soft grays, brown, and greens are used to depict the moments just before rain falls from the sky. By the time rain actually comes, the illustrations are filled with splashes of pink, violet and blues, which represent the renewal of spirit and feelings of relief for all in the city. You know, this is more than just another weather story! It is a story that shows how rain, a powerful element of nature, has the ability to invigorate all of life!

Keep on Coming!  Jun 10, 2001
Karen Hesse captures a beautiful moment in this book. She expertly creates a scorching, wilting summer day with vivid images. My mouth was parched just reading it, and then the rain came. You'll love the images created here of the "bare-legged mamas" and girls, both from Hesse's beautiful writing and Muth's spectacular watercolor illustrations.
Come on rain  May 24, 2001
Tessie, watchful and pigtailed, wants it to rain in her neighborhood. It is on a hot sunny day and a little girl named Tessie wants it to rain. She has pigtails. She carries around her umbrella, holds out her hand, and hopes it will rain. She has a wonderful relationship with her mother. This story is by Karen Hesse. Karen Hesse worked real hard with Jon J. Muth. They worked and made a wonderful book. It is very poetic.

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