Hello, Rain!

by Kyo Maclear (Author) Chris Turnham (Illustrator)

Hello, Rain!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A glorious celebration of all the reasons to love the rain!

Internationally acclaimed writer Kyo Maclear has partnered with printmaker Chris Turnham to create a colorful and lively celebration of rain. Flowers bloom in the garden. Umbrellas bloom on the streets. There are puddles for jumping and, later, a cozy home for hot chocolate and books. There's so much to love about the rain! -

Publisher's Weekly said Kyo and Chris's debut book The Wish Tree "hums with understated everyday magic," while School Library Connection said it was a "warm and magical tale of friendship and the intrinsic beauty of nature."

This book is an ideal fit for a cozy family read at home or school story time reading tied to curriculum about the weather or the seasons.- A BOOK TO COME BACK TO: Children will return to this book again and again to discover new details. Perfect for: - Parents, caregivers, and grandparents- Teachers and librarians- Nature-lovers- Those who love the rain or anyone living in rainy regions!

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Publisher's Weekly

From distant thunder to clearing skies, a downpour offers plenty to see and do for the star of this story and a dog companion. Heading outside as "umbrellas bloom," the slicker-clad child gets happier the wetter the day becomes, stomping in puddles and letting go of a paper boat and two stick rafts: "Curbside waterfall./ Downhill swoosh./ Out of many drops-/ One./ Rushing./ River./ Let’s launch the fleet!" The two behold the rain summoning living things ("an earthworm,/ a stick snail") and helping others grow ("hyacinth,/ foxglove"), then "crouch under a tree/ and whisper-talk" until lightning and cracks of thunder drive them to watch the storm from inside. Maclear (Story Boat) celebrates the unbounded joy of discovery in ordinary things, chronicling events with a poet’s powers of observation: "a single drop of rain/ touches five times-/a branch,/ a leaf,/ an apple, a rock,/ a blade of grass-before reaching/ the ground." Digital, retro-style spreads by Turnham (National Parks of the USA) give the pages a memorable look with a palette of unexpected hues-muddy mauve alongside turquoise, yellow, and green. Together, the creators conjure a child who fully inhabits each present moment until the sun arrives again. Ages 3-5.

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Kyo Maclear
Kyo Maclear is a critically acclaimed novelist, essayist, and children's book author. Her books have received starred reviews, appeared on numerous Best of lists, and been published in multiple languages around the world. She is the author of many picture books including Virginia Wolf which was adapted for stage, Julia, Child which was adapted into an animated television series, The Fog, Story Boat, and The Wish Tree, also illustrated by Chris Turnham and published by Chronicle Books. Kyo lives in Toronto. To learn more about her visit kyomaclearkids.com.

Chris Turnham has worked as a visual development artist for clients such as Sony Pictures, LAIKA, and DreamWorks. In addition to illustrating children's books, he is also a highly regarded printmaker. His first children's book The Wish Tree was also written by Kyo Maclear and published by Chronicle Books. Chris lives in Los Angeles. To see more of his work visit www.christurnham.com.
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Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
April 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV007000 - Juvenile Fiction | Classics
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
JUV022000 - Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, & Fables | General
Library of Congress categories
Rain and rainfall

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