It’s been a quieter Friday than most. The 8 inches of rain that have fallen over the past two days caused flooding in our area. I couldn’t drive Dominic into town for his piano lesson because the road had been closed, so I ended up with a “found” hour and a half. What to do with this surprise package of unscheduled minutes? What else but read Peter Spier’s “Rain”?
This enchanting book is tied with Hilary Knight’s “Owl and the Pussycat” for top spot on my list of favorite children’s books. It tells the wordless story of a brother and sister reveling in the multi-sensory delights of a rainy day. The kids squish their boots in the mud, and run into the wind. They look at a rain-beaded spider’s web, see their reflections in a puddle, and observe wildlife taking shelter. And they play in the water: lingering under downspouts, splashing in puddles, standing in a rushing stream. The children return home to all the comforts of same, enjoyed in the company of two loving parents. The wonders of nature and the warmth of family are beautifully evoked in Spier’s meticulously detailed illustrations. “Rain” is no longer in print, but used copies can be purchased online. I keep my copy on a shelf of books that can be read only by special request!