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It's Raining, It's Pouring

Press: Orca Book Publishers (September 1, 2002)
Author Name:Spalding, Andrea; Watts, Leslie Elizabeth;


Little Girl means what she says and has the resources to get results. 
Not one to mope away the day watching the rain pour down, Little Girl struggles into her boots, raincoat and fire fighter's helmet, gets out the ladder and heads for the clouds.
Old Man is a giant who lives in the clouds and controls the weather.
He does, indeed, have 'a cold in his head.' Worse, he has no loving person to tend to him.
Little Girl know just how to set things right.
Back at home, with a little help from her mom, she gathers together her very own cure for the common cold.
Now all the remains is to get Old Man out of bed and the sun back into the sky.

From Booklist

Ages 4-8. 
Little Girl doesn't like thunder and wants to play.
"It's raining, it's pouring, / the Old Man is snoring," sings her mother.
Little Girl wants to know why Old Man is stuck in bed and sets out on an imaginative journey to find out.
Donning her rain gear and grabbing a ladder, she climbs into the clouds to meet the giant.
When she finds out he feels terrible, she returns home to retrieve honey and lemon, some scarves, a hot water bottle, and some gingerbread cookies to make him feel better.
Her kindness is returned when the Old Man clears up the bad weather.
Watts' paintings effectively move back and forth between Little Girl's real and imaginary worlds, and children will come to like this biracial child as a caring, independent person firmly in control of her day and her emotional life.
Kathy BroderickCopyright © American Library Association.
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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Andrea Spalding has done us the service of blending a nursery rhyme and a nursery tale to come up with something quite new and intriguing." (The Whitehorse Star 2002-08-09)" . 
children will come to like this biracial child as a caring, independent person firmly in control of her day and her emotional life." (Booklist 2001-10-01)"One can't help but admire Little Girl's generous spirit and problem-solving skills .
." (School Library Journal 2001-09-01)"Children will be enchanted with this playful story of the favourite childhood rhyme." "This book is a great read for any who live in a wet climate .
or for anyone who delights in the rain." (Resource Links 2001-09-01)"Spalding easily merges reality and fantasy in this delightful tale." "Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2001-06-22)"With a spunky heroine, a dangerous quest, and a comforting lifeline to home, most children would consider this an ideal fantasy." (Quill & Quire 2001-03-01)

About the Author

Andrea Spalding immigrated to Canada in 1967 from Manchester, England. 
After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea relocated to British Columbia and lived on Pender Island.
Her first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since.
For more information, visist www.andreaspalding.squarespace.com.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

It's raining, it's pouring, The Old Man is snoring, He went to bed with a cold in his head, And he didn't get up in the morning. 
Rain, rain, go away, Little Girl wants to play.


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