One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days Review

one_big_rainOne Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days compiled by Rita Gray, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke

Charlesbridge, 2010. 978-1570917165.

Synopsis: Rita Gray has compiled twenty poems about precipitation, each written by well-known poets such as Kyoshi, Eve Merriam, Lilian Moore, and Carl Sandburg. Divided into poems written about rain within each of the four seasons, this compilation offers the reader a chance to revel in the beauty of precipitation and the poetry it inspires. The variety of poems opens the door for discussion of poetic styles, while Ryan O’Rourke’s playful, yet sophisticated illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages. – from

Why I picked it up: The drought in California has everyone wishing for rain. 🙂

Why I finished it: This compilation gives readers a wide array of the different kinds of poems and the different forms poems can take. From Haiku to free verse, from rhyming couplets to enclosed rhyme, Gray has displayed for the reader the many forms and stories that poems have to share. I was particularly fond of the ‘Spring’ poems because they seemed to evoke a sort of cheerful imagery that reminds me of what spring brings: new leaves, baby animals, and a warm breeze after the freeze of winter. So even if it isn’t raining outside, I can imagine it raining inside.

Other related materials: Rain by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews; The Year Comes Round: Haiku Through the Seasons by Sid Farrar, illustrated by Ilse Plume; Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth; And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrations by Erin Stead; Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Kate Kiesler; A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Haiku Hike compiled and illustrated by the Fourth Grade students of Saint Mary’s Catholic School in Mansfield, Massachusetts;  Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger; Doodle Dandies by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Lisa Desimini; Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! by J. Patrick Lewis; Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost by Gary D. Schmidt, illustrated by Henri Sorensen


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