Rain! by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christian Robinson is the first book I am sharing and considering for the Teacher's Choice project with IRA. I'm going to share my thinking carefully following the review guidelines from IRA. The characters are very realistic; an old man and a young boy. As I think about stereotypes, one might find the old man being grumpy a stereotype. However, I find that essential to the story line and necessary for the relationship that builds between the characters. It's actually necessary for the different points of view about rain. I think this text would expand the curriculum for writers considering point of view and how to layout those point of views for the reader. I love how the story is laid out. Each character has one page of a two page spread. Then their story is told in three horizontal illustrations with text. The artwork combines two of my favorite mediums; paint and collage with digital editing. I'd love to more about digital editing.
Not many peoples like rainy days. The grumpy old man I can see myself in and I don't consider myself grumpy or old. The young boy who jumps in puddles and acts like a frog can probably make every student remember and/or relate to. Older readers will love the play with words with the Rain or Shine Cafe which is where the two characters happen to be. The old man leaves something behind and the young boy return this it to him. Their simple conversation with each other causes a change of view about the rain. I love the message that good cheer can spread. I love the message that the young can make changes.
Side note - as I went to add the image for this book, I found it already existed in my files which led me to search my own blog and before I was reading this with a Teacher's Choice lens this is what I thought.