As one dry day follows another in the Australian outback, everyone and everything is waiting for the rain, which seems as though it will never come. Rosie’s kids, the panting dogs, the fat green frogs, and Old Stephen all do what they can to keep cool as they watch for storm clouds on the horizon. Stunningly beautiful full-color artwork and spare text evoke the long wait during the dry season, and the jubilant relief when the long-promised rain finally arrives. Any child can identify with the theme of how hard it is to wait for something you want, and the outsize, brilliantly colored, stylized illustrations—which feature imagery from Aboriginal mythology—make this an especially striking picture book that will captivate and delight young readers.
Best-selling Australian picture book author Katrina Germein has been published worldwide. Her first book, 'Big Rain Coming', has remained continuously in print for over ten years and her recent title, 'My Dad Thinks He's Funny' was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards. The sequel, 'My Dad STILL Thinks He's Funny', is soon to be published. Katrina's work has been featured on children's television programs such as Wurrawhy, Yamba's Playtime and Play School and her work has won Notable Book commendations form The Children's Book Council of Australia. Katrina calls Adelaide home but follows the sun around Australia as best she can. Her new picture book 'Somebody's House' will be published by Walker Books in May 2013. www.katrinagermein.com
This well-crafted picture book from an Australian team brings the dry and dusty reaches of the outback straight to American readers. On Sunday, Old Stephen, a white-bearded Aborigine, predicts rain, but it takes all week to arrive. With each day that passes, anticipation builds like the dark clouds on the horizon and everyone struggles to keep cool. On Monday, "The night was so warm Rosie's kids dragged their beds outside to maybe feel some breeze while they slept"; on Tuesday, dogs dig holes for shelter from the heat; and so on. Finally, on Saturday, it happensA"wonderful cool wet RAIN." A minimum of text per spread emulates the patient waiting of the people and animals in Bancroft's intricately patterned illustrations. She represents the earth with stylized swirls of brown and black and creates the billabong from a patchwork of limpid purples and greens. People appear as black silhouettes clothed in bright polka dots and stripes; lizards scamper across the foreground, and in the sky, the sun is an ever-changing orb of concentric circles and dots. Through it all runs the unifying motif of the Rainbow Serpent, an aboriginal symbol of creation closely associated with water and life, flowing in a ribbon of abstract design across the bottom of nearly every page. This evocative picture book saturates the senses as surely as rain does the parched earth. Ages 4-8. (July)
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Descrizione libro Clarion Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0618083448
Descrizione libro Clarion Books, 2000. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110618083448