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One Big Rain: Poems for Every Season (Paperback)

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By Rita Gray (Compiled by), Ryan O'Rourke (Illustrator)
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Great for a drizzly day, this collection of poems celebrates rain throughout the seasons. Young nature lovers will delight in the many styles of poetry (from Robert Frost to Issa to haiku) as well as the misty and whimsical illustrations throughout.

— S.B.


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.

About the Author

Samantha R. Vamos is the author of Alphabet Boats, Alphabet Trains, Alphabet Trucks (illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke), The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred (illustrated by Rafael López) – 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor – its companion book, The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung (illustrated by Sebastià Serra), and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor (2009, illustrated by Santiago Cohen). Samantha previously worked as an attorney, practicing in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL.  Samantha was born in the Midwest, grew up on the east coast, and lived in the Pacific Northwest before moving to the Bay Area with her husband, son, and their rescue puppy, Bowie. Visit Samantha online at

For many years Ryan O'Rourke's illustrations have appeared in galleries, newspapers, and magazines, including a weekly illustration for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. One Big Rain marks Ryan's foray into children's picture books. He makes his home in Connecticut.

Praise For…

"Soft and refreshing."
--Kirkus Reviews

"This attractive collection offers a delightful introduction to nature poetry."
--School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781570917172
ISBN-10: 1570917175
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English
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Created At: 3/7/2014 08:25am
Last Updated At: 7/18/2020 03:48pm