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Come on, rain! / by Karen Hesse ; pictures by Jon J Muth.

Hesse, Karen. (Author). Muth, Jon J., (ill.).

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  • 3 of 3 copies available at Kenton County.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch E HESSE K (Text) 33126007432721 Easy Available -
Covington Branch E HESSE K (Text) 33126011093857 Easy with Audio Available -
Erlanger Branch E HESSE K (Text) 33126015829900 Easy Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0590331256 (hc)
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c1999.

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Summary, etc.:
A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat.
Subject: Rain and rainfall > Fiction.
Summer > Fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 1999 March
    K-Gr 2-It's summer in the city and a three-week drought has made the heat nearly unbearable. Skinny little Tessie whispers her prayer, "Come on, rain!" longing for the shower that will break the heat and bring her mother's parched garden back to life. Seeking relief, the girl asks permission to wear her bathing suit, but an "Absolutely not" from Mamma keeps her looking for something to do. Like a blessing, she spies clouds off in the distance. Knowing that her mother will be easier to convince with help from a friend, Tessie runs off to her pal Jackie-Joyce's. "It's going to rain," she whispers. "Put on your suit and come straight over." Tessie returns home to fix her mother a much-needed iced tea, and with the perfect timing of a well-laid plan, Jackie-Joyce arrives along with the rain. As hoped, Mamma changes her mind about the suit and the girls run off to join two friends for a romp in the deliciously refreshing summer rain. To their daughters' delight, all four "...barelegged mammas dance down the steps..." and join in a spontaneous dance of relief and celebration. Muth's deceptively simple, muted watercolors capture the stifling city summer heat as well as a young girl's determination to keep it from ruining all her fun. Hesse's poetically crafted, perceptive text skips delightfully along with its own perfect rhythm. Lyrically written and lovingly illustrated, this is one you'll want to share over and over again.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 1999 School Library Journal Reviews

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