Sunday, 21 April 2013

Where Do The Animals Go When It Rains? By Janet S. Crown Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Janet S. Crown
Illustrated By Daron Rosenberg

Genre
Educational, Nature, Children's

Synopsis

Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains? was conceptualized after years of imaginary story telling every night at bedtime.

Picking an animal together, the author would tuck her children into bed and create a story where the animals lived and what their world was like all through a childs eye. Since most animals live outside, Janet and her kids would make up rhymes about their surroundings and what happens to the animals when it would rain. The end result is her beautifully crafted book with illustrations by Daron Rosenberg.

'Where Do the Animals Go When It Rains?' explores the following themes: 1. The myriad of weather and the effects on animals with climate change 2. Imagination has no boundaries 3. Reading with children is the best commonality and connector for all ages 4. Learning about animals from all over the world 5. Bonding time with child/parent

"The book was created with my kids as a bedtime story based on their curiosities about animals what happens to them during certain weather conditions," says Crown. "I wanted the illustrations to be comforting, fun and engaging while inviting questions and thought."

Review

This short but incredibly sweet children's book by Janet S. Crown is an absolute treasure of a book.  Considering the short length of the book, the writer manages to fit a hell of a lot in to the story itself.

While the rhyme scheme does labor a little at times, that doesn't affect the quality of the story.  In fact the story itself is beautiful in it's simplicity but is thought provoking for the little ones while sounding like a fun little tale about what happens to certain animals when it rains.

You really can tell that it was written after telling the rhymes and stories to the authors own children as the flow of the book really grips a child's imagination until the end and even afterwards.  When I read this to my young son, he absolutely loved it.  He loved to ask questions about the animals in the stories, about here they lived and loads more.

The illustrations are gorgeous and really fired my sons imagination.  They also wouldn't look out of place in a frame on the wall of a child's bedroom.  I had great fun having my son point out the animals, hearing my son talk about where the animals themselves live and much more.

This is most definitely worth picking up.  I've had a hell of a lot of fun reading this to my son and he's enjoyed every moment of it as well as it being incredibly educational.  The writer has packed a lot of love and information in to a really short length and I for one, will definitely carry on reading this to my lad.

Story 4/5
Characters 4/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 12/15

For more information about the book click here


"When it rain, they get wet.  They have my Fireman Sam umbrella?"

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