The Rainmaker by Barbara Todd

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Take your imagination to places it has never been as Clarence learns how rain is really made.

Clarence wondered. He wondered if the wind could make him fly, if clouds tasted good, and if he ate one, would he float?

One day Clarence is so busy wondering, he nearly walks past the tap. The sign says "RAIN." It used to say "DRAIN," but the "D" has worn off. Clarence wonders...if he turns it, will it rain?

As the rain teems down, Clarence meets a marvelous man who claims that the tap belongs to him; in fact it's been in his family for generations. Seeing that Clarence is a natural rainmaker, the man asks him to look after the tap while he goes on holiday. He explains that you can make whatever kind of rain you like: cats and dogs, hats and frogs...though be careful when it comes down in buckets!

And with that the man departs, leaving Clarence in charge. Under a cloudless sky Clarence returns home, wondering what makes thunder growl...then, with a triumphant grin on his face, he conducts a magnificent lightning storm and finds out!

In this whimsical and amusing story Clarence's wonderful imagination and curiosity are justified through a chance encounter with a most engaging man. The bold, colorful pastel drawings complement the playfulness of this innovative tale.

Key Features a delightfully imaginative and fun story will appeal to a child's sense of wonder and marvel dynamic illustrations add zest and humor of their own


About Barbara Todd

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Barbara Todd has taught children with special needs in India, worked as a teacher-storyteller, and home-schooled her three children while living in the remote Canadian Arctic. The Rainmaker is her first picture book for children. Rogé has illustrated several previous children's picture books, including Parents Do the Weirdest Things, Elton the Elf, and When Pigs Fly.
Published February 1, 2003 by Annick Press. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A cloud of confusion hovers over this fanciful story of a boy who discovers how to make rain. Despite the tenuous story line, the details at times provide an intriguing window into young Clarence

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'If I turn on the tap, will I really make rain?' " (Readers may well question why a faucet had been labeled a drain.) A torrential rain ensues, and "the Rainmaker," a bearded man sporting a long coat and hat, appears with a cart of magical umbrellas.

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