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All Summer in a Day

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Margot is a nine-year-old girl whose family moved from Earth to Venus when she was four. She remembers the sun shining on Earth, something it rarely does on Venus. "All Summer in a Day" takes place on the one day when Venus's rain will stop, and the sun will shine for a couple of hours only.
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Published (first published March 1954)
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Esther Beras She is kinda depressed because the children there don't like her and she wants to go back to earth (in the story, it saids that her parents are trying…moreShe is kinda depressed because the children there don't like her and she wants to go back to earth (in the story, it saids that her parents are trying to go back. ) The children in Venus don't treat her nice, HoPe this help♡.(less)
Dan Mcconnell Is it a good thing that Margot has seen and remembers the sun (whereas the other students were too wrong to remember it)? If she had not, she would be…moreIs it a good thing that Margot has seen and remembers the sun (whereas the other students were too wrong to remember it)? If she had not, she would be less believing, and like the other children "the sun" to her would be more like Santa Clause-a story children are told. Because she HAS seen it-and she knows. And at the end of the story, those other children know too. Then, they also know that Margot really did know, and as they go back t othat closet-they get what they have done.

Is it better to have love and lost then to have never loved before?(less)

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Jan 26, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it
One of Bradbury's best short stories, this one came to be re-printed often as it is imaginative, poignant and still fun to read.

Taking the premise that the characters of the story are on a planet where it rains constantly, and the sun shines in only one day, revealing instantly blossoming plants, and equally blooming spirits of the children, the images Bradbury creates become archetypal for his brand of narrative.

Short and sweet, just like the flowers on Venus, this is one of Bradbury's best,
Such an unusual and beautiful combination of science fiction and fable. Ray Bradbury has such a gift with words, and while I certainly enjoyed and appreciated the message of the text, I still feel as if there was still too much left unsaid.

“All Summer in a Day”: the four-page short story with a greater lasting impression than many short stories five times as long. Bradbury envisioned a continuously dreary, rainy Venus populated by humans who have moved there from Earth. For a single hour, every seven years, Venus’s rain ceases, and the sun shines as brilliantly as on the hottest summer day. The setting for this monumental event is a classroom of ecstatic, eager third-graders who have always lived on Venus, except
May 27, 2016 Trish rated it really liked it

Rain. Water. Here on Earth it means life. Without it, there would be no forests, not grass, no nothing.
On Venus (the Venus in this story anyway) there is constant rain and wind and thunderstorms and all the horrible consequences such as floods from it. It rains for seven years without end, then you get two hours of sun. That's it.
So what would that do to humans? Living in such an environment?
Well, I guess it's not even the rain itself that is the problem, but monotony in general and a complete l
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
عالی بود، همه چیزش خوب و دلچسب بود، تشبیه ها، موضوع داستان، بیان آن، تخیلات، نبوغ... همه و همه بینظیر بود
دوستانِ گرانقدر، بخشی از این داستانِ کوتاه را برایتان در زیر نوشته ام

بچه ها همه نه سالشان بود....( بچه هایی که با خانواده از زمین به سیارۀ ناهید نقل مکان کرده اند ) از آخرین باری که «خورشید» یک ساعتی خودش را به دنیایِ حیرت زدۀ آنها نشان داده بود، هفت سال میگذشت و طبعاً هیچ کدام از بچه ها آن روز را به خاطر نمی آورد... گاهی وقت ها «مارگوت» در میانۀ شب صدایشان را میشنید که توی خواب تکان می خوردن
Wendy Darling
This short story still moves me unbearably, more than 20 years after I first read it. All the more powerful for things left unsaid.

Available to read online here.
Jun 08, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it
I read this back in grade 6 I think, and I remember how sad I felt for Margot. I also remember that this also really hit home about consequences for our actions and how a simple I'm sorry does not or will not always suffice.
So present day and I need my five year old son to start understanding this important lesson. So I know your thinking Bradbury for a five year old? Look,I am the first to say my boy Ronan is not super gifted and he is not going to be writing his memoirs at 6 or somthing, he i
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I think the sun is a flower,
That blooms for just one hour.


Imagine living on a planet where you get to glimpse the sun for only one or two hours every seven years. The rest of the time you only get rain and massive thunderstorms. And now imagine you are a 9 years old child who remembers what it's like living under the clear blue sky.

I suppose I can take sad stories as long as they are very short.

Available online.

*Read this for our May Short Story Month Marathon, a personal challenge during whic
Jun 06, 2012 Reynje rated it really liked it

Ray Bradbury passed away Tuesday night, and his grandson had this to say about the author's work: "...his stories lifted people up and saved them from lonely summers. Who among us was never buried deep in a Bradbury story, lost in his meticulously yet effortlessly crafted metaphor?" (i09)

In four pages, All Summer In A Day speaks eloquently about hope, power, cruelty and injustice. Or in other words, people can be jerks and life isn't always fair.
May 02, 2011 Flannery rated it really liked it
Recommended to Flannery by: Wendy Darling
Ray Bradbury broke my heart in four pages. Poor Margot, kids can be such assholes sometimes.

Available online many places; Here's one of them.
Sep 21, 2011 ivana18 rated it it was amazing
I'm always amazed by short stories. There's something powerful when a writer can summarize so many intense emotions in just a few pages, and Ray Bradbury douse it beautifully.

A class of school children on Venus is eagerly waiting for the Sun to appear. It has been raining for 7 years and the scientist predicted that the Sun will come up that day for two hours. They don't remember the Sun so they don't really know what to expect, but one girl, a nine year old Margot, knows and she craves it more
Isaac Clarke
Jun 07, 2016 Isaac Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
აბსოლუტურად ყველა მოთხრობა არის ძალიან კარგი. ვერც კი გამოვყოფ რომელიმეს, ძალიან მაღალი დონისაა ყველა და ძალიან ვისიამოვნე თითოეულით.

და კიდევ ერთი:

ბრედბერი არ არის მხოლოდ ძალიან მაგარი ფანტასტი, ბრედბერი საოცარი და ძალიან მაღალი დონის ლიტერატორია, რომელსაც რომელ ჟანრშიც არ უნდა ეწერა, მაინც ძალიან მაგარი იქნებოდა და ეს კრებულიც ამას ცხადყოფს.
N.T. Embe
Jul 11, 2011 N.T. Embe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who want to experience the full range of a person's cruelties.
Recommended to N.T. by: A First or Second Grade textbook. (Can't remember the year.)
Shelves: short-stories

...yes, I remember now. I read this story many years ago, when I was still just a child. I was probably younger than even the kids in this story who are all nine. I remember reading this because of the impact it left on me for the rest of my life. It's a story that is one of the only ones I remember out of those early years of my childhood. And it revolutionized my world. It introduced me to so many things. It showed me a world that was not mine, a world as foreign and alien as if I had been tru
Sofi Mdivnishvili
მგონი რეიმ სიცოცხლის 91 წელი სხვა სამყაროში გაატარა და ალბათ ძალიან ბევრი ღამე გაათენა მომავალზე ფიქრში და იმაზე, რომ სხვა პლანეტაზე არსებობენ ადამიანები, ან თუნდაც სხვა სულიერი არსებები, რომლესბსაც ერთ დღეს აუცილებლად დავუკავშირდებით *.*
Salome Berechikidze
სიმართლე ვთქვა შეფასების ამბავმა ჩამაფიქრა,რადგან ზოგიერთი მოთხრობა მართლა მომეწონა,ზოგი კიდევ აუტანლად უინტერესო და ხელოვნური წასაკითხი გამოდგა,თანაც 1.ვერ მივხვდი ვისთვის წერს მწერალი,ბავშვებისთვის,დიდებისთვის,ორივესთვის,მოზარდებისთვის.რა თქმა უნდა მრავალფეროვნება საინტერესოა,მაგრამ ერთ კრებულში თავმოყრილი გაბნევს კიდევააც და ემოციურადაც ვერ განგაწყობს და 2.რა არის მთავარი მისთვის თვითონ ახალი სამყრაოები თუ ადამიანები ახალ სამყაროებში. ორივეს შემთხვევაში დავალება რთულია, მოთხრობები კი საკმაოდ ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Bonnie by: Wendy Darling
'I think the sun is a flower,
That blooms for just one hour.'

Fabulous little short story. There have been numerous comparisons to Ponies which I believe are a fair comparison, although I didn't enjoy Ponies nearly as much as this one. I feel this was due to the only major difference being the lack of remorse for actions made (in Ponies).

Thanks for another good one, Wendy. :)
Jose Monarrez
May 27, 2016 Jose Monarrez rated it it was amazing
La magia de los (buenos) cuentos cortos, a mi parecer, radica en la serie de sensaciones e ideas que puede transmitir, en un cúmulo de espacio muy pequeño. En este cuento Bradbury, logra golpear (al lector) con sensaciones de una manera magnífica.... Usa de contexto un escenario de ciencia ficción para despertar las sensaciones humanas... Y conmigo lo hizo al punto de casi hacerme llorar al ponerme en el lugar de la pequeña Margot....

No le doy 5 estrellas por lo bien que está escrito o su origin
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
What a brilliant, heartbreaking little story. I heard about this short story on Anne Bogel's podcast "what should I read next" and I immediately went and found it online to read.

It was so beautifully written. And so, so sad. But also powerful. Kids can be such bullies to those who are different. We must teach them better. Although not explicit, that's what this story is about.
May 08, 2016 Steph rated it really liked it
I just heard a podcast recommending this short story and I just had to read it it's awesome so creepy at the end and heartbreaking this is a perfect short story for kids to read around the topic of bullying man it's so awesome
Jun 13, 2017 Abhi rated it really liked it
More 4.5, but I can't really think of anything wrong with this to not give it a 5, except maybe that it could've been a slightly longer story.
Oct 07, 2013 Kruti rated it really liked it
A beautiful and sad short story. I would definitely recommend it to others.

This is one of the things I love most about short stories. They may be short, but they pack a hell of a punch. The story itself isn't spectacular. It just is. It's simple but it's artfully done. The descriptions are what made this story for me. I could imagine that world - the endless rain, the constant darkness and above all, that hope of seeing light once again. To be honest, it's something I consider as the future for
Jerry Jose
Jul 25, 2016 Jerry Jose rated it liked it
Well, Thats it? - This was my response to this short story.
Yet its stuck in my head, the lot left unsaid is the lot that is haunting. Somehow these 4 pages possess more power than many long thick fat books.
And reviewing it even for premise would be spoiling the read.
Rain Misoa
Jul 11, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every person looking for a lesson they should NEVER forget.
Recommended to Rain by: Second grade... some textbook... by an awful teacher.
Shelves: education
This is one of those stories that makes you want to destroy things... and by "destroy" I mean "kill." I cannot begin to tell you how much I HATE this story. Okay... I'm lying. As you can see by my rating, it's an amazing short story. It teaches you so many things! It's such a short story you wonder, "Why are there not stories written like this in novel format?" To answer your question, friends: Books today suck. But that's not why I'm here today! I'm here to rant and rave and tell you how much t ...more
Apr 19, 2017 Concertina rated it really liked it
<3 Bradbury
Jul 28, 2015 Nashwa rated it really liked it
The theme of man's inhumanity to man is described by the setting and characterization of Margot.The story took place in an underground city on Venus where the sun only came out every seven years. Therefore, the children in Margot's class were excited when they found out the sun was coming the next day. William, an insolent boy in Margot's class, tried to convince her that the sun would not come out. She did not listen to his ranting,and therefore he and the other children grabbed Margot and lock ...more
Brennan Wieland
Mar 02, 2011 Brennan Wieland rated it it was amazing
This story is a about a classroom of children that live on Venus. The rain stops only every seven years and todays is the day. All the children are excited, especially little margot, who came from earth five years before. The other children are angry at her for having seen the sun before and they lock her in a closet. While she is still inside, the other children forget about her and run outside into the clear day. Several hours later, it begins to rain again, and the kids remember margot. They ...more
Apr 11, 2013 Missy rated it it was amazing
When I was 9 years old I saw the PBS adaptation of this story and it just killed me. It hit me then the way that The Lottery and Other Stories would years later. This story was one of the first times I realized that fiction could contain more truth than non-fiction. Today I came across it again and learned the title and origin.
Ray Bradbury is always the mood setter extraordinaire but for me there is something more to this short than just mood. For me this story creates that quiet involuntary gaz
Jun 25, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ray Bradbury why? Why only four pages? I want more.
Anyhow. "All Summer in A Day" was my first encounter with Ray Bradbury and what can I say I loved it.
All Summer in a Day is about a group of children and our protagonist Margot (Margot being the only one knowing what the sun looks like (as she lived on earth before) on a planet where there is always darkness. The sun supposedly only comes out every 7 years. Today is that day.

For everyone like me who has never read anything by this author befor
Jun 12, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I have been trying to remember the title and author of this story for years, the recent Venus transit got me thinking about it again and today I found it. Yay!!!When I realized it was one of Ray Bradbury's stories - I thought to myself "of course." I think I first read this in middle school and maybe saw the 80's TV movie. I would love to see a new adaptation of this story. It is pretty amazing to me that Ray Bradbury died the same day as the Venus Transit. I wonder if he got to see any of it? A ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Not sure of the edition or when I read it (probably fifth grade), but it has stuck with me in a cloudy sense. Until now I couldn't recall the title and author, although now the author does not surprise me. This story has stuck with me for more than a decade as one of my favorite sci-fi and/or short story.
So glad I finally stumbled upon I can easily reread it
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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