What Makes it Rain?

Bibliographic Information: Brandt, Keith, and Yoshi Miyake. What Makes It Rain?: The Story of a Raindrop. Mahwah, NJ: Troll Associates, 1982. Print.

Brief Annotation: This story is about the rain cycle and some of the different vocabulary that go along with that.  It goes into detail about how rain is produced, where it then goes once it reaches the ground, what happens to bodies of water, how we get our water, why we need rain and water, etc.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K – 2

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in science and/or how the earth creates rain and what water does for humans and animals.  It is a little bit more of a difficult read for younger children to read by themselves but the pictures are beautifully illustrated, so students who learn visually would also enjoy it.

Rating/Response: 3 It was a wonderful book that included a lot of useful information and I enjoyed how they italicized all of the vocabulary that goes along with rain.  I did not like how much information was included.  It became too much to handle at times because it was quite long and it definitely wouldn’t hold a students attention for that long.  It would have to be read in parts, which is not ideal for a children’s picture book.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: This book goes along with a younger age group, so it would be better to ask a simple question.  For example, “does anyone know what makes rain?” It is simple and the question on the front of the book.

Reading Strategy: Science

Rationale for Strategy: It is a nice introduction to rain and how it really works.  Weather and water are both included in the science state standards for Minnesota.

Posted by: Breanna Richey


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