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June 28, 2012

It's Raining, It's Pouring Book Review

Includes a 3-Song CD recorded by the legendary trio, Peter, Paul and Mary.

Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, illustrated by Christine Davenier.

One of the most beloved children’s songs gets a rollicking picture-book treatment by the beloved trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

Featuring witty and whimsical art by the renowned illustrator Christine Davenier, this stunning new book offers plenty of fun, whether it’s raining or not.
When the rain pours down, a family full of children decides to play hide and seek. As they scurry into the corners andcubbies and crevices of their house, one little girl cuddles up with Grandpa—the “old man who bumped his head”—and reads to him from her favorite book to help him feel better. Davenier’s sweet and endearing art enhances the fun and fantasy of Peter, Paul and Mary’s charming new arrangement of the tune. Here, the sweet nursery rhyme takes imaginative flight as a cow jumps over the moon, Granddad flies to the stars, and familiar characters like Jack and Jill appear. At the end, when the game is over and the rain, rain has gone away, the entire happy family gathers around Grandpa.

Complete with a CD featuring Peter, Paul and Mary’s marvelous version of the title song, along with Peter Yarrow singing “Believe Town” and Noel Paul Stookey performing “Glory of Love,” this beautiful picture book is perfect for rainy days,
bedtime, or anytime. Peter, Paul and Mary became famous for their ability to convey powerful, personal, and political messages through a repertoire of songs that resonated with millions of Americans in the 1960s. Their debut album, released in 1962, remained in the Top 10 for ten months, and the Top 20 for two years. Their first hit single, “Lemon Tree,” was swiftly followed by “If I Had a Hammer,” which became an anthem of the civil rights movement and was performed by the trio in the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Their classic song, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” has been a favorite of children for more than fifty years, and the book version was a number-one best seller. Over a span of more than fifty years, Peter, Paul and  Mary have touched the lives and hearts of tens of millions of people, won five Grammy Awards, produced thirteen Top 40 hits, and received eight gold and five platinum albums. Christine Davenier, a Paris-born artist, has illustrated.

Our Review:
This whimsically illustrated book and the CD of songs was a hit with my kids. They love to dance to the songs as we listen to it. I noticed that when I read the book to my kids, even my little guy sits on the floor and listens quietly as I point at the illustrations and read to them. I would say that this book is suitable for kids of all ages. My son likes to listen to the CD and enjoys it when I read it to him. My 6 year old daughter, on the other hand, is able to read most of the book aloud on her own. As such, I thought this book was a great addition to my kids' little library.

To buy the book we received to review, please visit the CharlesBridge Website. This title will be available in July.

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.

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