Bibliographic Information: London, Jonathan, and G. Brian Karas. Puddles. New York: Viking, 1997.
Brief Annotation: Thunder pounded and rain poured during the middle of the night. Two children wake the next morning excited to jump in the puddles. The story is about the children exploring the environmental changes that occurred after the big rainstorm from the night before.
Genre: Adventure, Nature
Grade Level: K-2
Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy learning about nature and the effects of weather will be interested in this book.
Rating/Response: 4. I found Puddles to be a good lighthearted story about two children playing outside after a rainstorm. I liked how the author showed the effects of a storm both on the environment and animals living there. I felt I was able to relate to the story because I often jumped in puddles and explored worms after it rained!
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What happens after a rainstorm?
Reading Strategy: Science
Rationale for Strategy: Puddles would be a good selection when teaching about weather. Students can learn how rain can affect the environment and its impact on animals.
Posted by: Kelsey Peterson