Rain by Manya Stojic

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When rain comes to the parched African savanna, the animals use all their senses to track the storm. The porcupine smells rain in the air. The zebras see lightning. The baboons hear thunder. The rhino feels the first drops. And the lion tastes the cool water. For a time, the grasslands abound with new green leaves, juicy fruits, and fresh pools of water. But soon the hot sun dries out the land, and the animals must again wait for the next big rain.

Manya Stojic's picture book debut is as satisfying and refreshing as the rain she describes. With paintings that are exuberant and saturated with color and a simple text that rolls off the tongue with pleasure and ease, here is a book parents and teachers will enjoy sharing again and again.

About Manya Stojic

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Manya Stojic was born in Belgrade, Yugo-slavia. She has lived and worked in such far-flung places as New York City and Zimbabwe. This is her first book for children.
Published May 9, 2000 by Crown Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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An evocative depiction of the rain cycle in the African savannah marks Stojic's debut as writer and illustrator.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Rain

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It was hot, announces Stojic in big, bold type at the opening of her handsome debut book. Indeed, the scorching savanna temperatures radiate from her abstract compositions, and the cracked soil an

May 08 2000 | Read Full Review of Rain

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The rain, greatly savored, eventually stops, but the animals continue to appreciate it: ""We can't hear the rain now,"" shout the baboons, ""but we can eat fresh, juicy fruit from the trees."" The language is only serviceable, but the freshness of the art compensates.

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