Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rain Babies by Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrated by Jim LaMarche

Rain Babies by Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrated by Jim LaMarche was a book with beautiful illustrations and a very unique story.
This book revolves around an older couple who desired children but were unable to have their own. However, luckily for the couple, a miracle happened. They were blessed with twelve rainbabies (tiny babies that came from the sky). The took great care of these babies, and they had many challenges thrown their way. Sadly, there was a day when Mother Moonshower came to take the babies away, but she left them with a human baby to raise as their own. Well, if that is not a happy ending, I don't know what it. However, I thought this book was heartwarming and full of excitement throughout the story. The word choice was a little too complex for novice readers, but I think middle elementary students would find it challenging yet at their level.
My absolute favorite part of this book was the illustrations. They were breathtaking. Every picture was detailed and appeared life-like. The old couple had realistic wrinkles, the babies had expressive faces, and the settings of the pictures were one of a kind.
I would recommend this book to individuals who like life-like pictures and an interesting story line that isn't cookie-cutter. It is truly and original story that kept me turning the page anticipating what would happen next.

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