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Down Comes the Rain (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  176 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
After rain comes down, the sun comes out and dries the puddles. But the water isn't gone. The heat from the sun has turned it into water vapor-it has evaporated. Eventually, this moisture in the air condenses to form new clouds. Soon the rain will fall again. Read on to find out all the ups and downpours of the water cycle!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 16th 1997 by HarperCollins (first published August 1997)
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Aug 04, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
Uses the vocabulary word evaporation and discusses condensation. Does not use the word precipitation for rain (or snow, etc.) which is a missed opportunity I think. Good basic, simple description of the water cycle.
Oct 17, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Down Comes The Rain provides a detailed perspective on the water cycle - rain falls from the sky, then the leftover water evaporates to become water vapor. Afterwards, this moisture condenses to form clouds, and the cycle repeats itself. Branley is sure to cover all of those mysterious, scientific concepts that you may not have recognized before, such as the steam rising from your teapot, or the difference between clouds that are thin, white, & wispy, versus dark, thick & heavy…

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Jane LoBosco
May 05, 2015 Jane LoBosco rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely one of my favor books I have read all semester. It is incredibly informative, without being the slightest bit boring. There are wonderful illustrations that really accentuate all of the information that readers are obtaining. The words are sophisticated, yet they are written in a way that should easily make sense to all readers. It goes through all of the ways that rain is produced and comes down, which is something that young children really have no idea about. I think ...more
Amanda Andrews
Book Title: Down Comes the Rain
by Franklyn M. Branley

Short Description of the Book: Branley explains the water cycle and all of the different forms that rain can take. He describes evaporation and condensation in detail, and makes real life connections between a young reader’s personal observations of water and the water cycle itself.

Focus: Informational Features I Would Use in a Mini-Lesson

1.) Informational Text Structure: In many informational books authors provide descriptions of different c
Janice Redding
I like this book because it talks about the different uses of water, and introduces concepts that include water. One main concept that this book discusses is about water vapor. Water vapor is a gas and is made when water evaporates. That means that water changes from liquid to a gas, and the water vapor may go into the air. So, this book can be used to talk about the states of matter with third grade students. Some activities that I would implement with my class is that I would make water vapor ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Down Comes the Rain
Franklyn M. Branley
Illustrated by James Graham Hale
Harper Collins 1997
Verdict: This is a good book to borrow from the library to explain why it rains to young children in first and second grade.

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley is a good science themed picture book. This is definitely a good book to read with children who are past kindergarten. There are many different concepts about the water cycle that are explained in this book. The science is explained well but s
Chelsea Bucci
Feb 21, 2012 Chelsea Bucci rated it really liked it
This book is a good resource to use to discuss with students where rain comes from. The story begins by stating that rain comes from all sorts of clouds (big, little, black, gray, and even white). All clouds are made up of billions of droplets of water. The droplets come from water vapor which is a gas. The story then discusses evaporation or when water changes from a liquid to a gas. It also shows how cold class of ice cold water can create condensation. Lastly, it discusses how water has the p ...more
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Water on Earth evaporates and rises into the air around us. When water vapor rises way up into the sky, it gets cold enough to change back to liquid water. It condenses and forms clouds. Sometimes these clouds get so full of water droplets that they turn dark, and rain falls from the sky. Other times, the water droplets freeze. Ice crystals can be carried up and down inside a cloud. Each time they go up more water droplets cling to them and freeze. Soon, the ice falls from the sky as hail. All t ...more
Andrew Stockle
Jun 23, 2015 Andrew Stockle rated it it was amazing
“Down Comes the Rain” is an awesome book which describes the water cycle! It teaches all about how rain, clouds, and hail are formed. The book is told by children who are teaching the reader all about the water cycle in a very simple and easy to understand way. This book would be appropriate for grade 4-5 or for anyone who wants to learn about the water cycle. The pictures are cartoon-like and help the reader to visualize the concepts being explained. A lot of the text is also written in speech ...more
Kellee Hao
Content: Rain/ Weather
Grade: Kindergarten
My students are actually learning about weather this month, and one of the first few weather changes they know instantly is rain. Rain is very common because it comes around every season. It is also a cycle and we can never avoid it, so why not learn more about it? This book also tells you a couple of experiments you can do at home with your children about water vaporization!
Another good, but not great book by Branley. The information is good, but somehow lacks clarity. The water cycle is covered twice, with a detailed description of hail, but lacks clear delineation of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and doesn't cover collection at all.

Recommended to check out and supplement teaching on the water cycle, but I found The Magic School Bus to be a better text for a core lesson.
Feb 09, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok
Fairly well done. The illustrations do a nice job of displaying the concepts. I do think it is a bit long and could have been trimmed a bit to make it easier for young children to follow; the text seems to become unclear and kind of scattered in the middle portion. I found myself skipping pages and editing the text to improve my son's understanding.
Oct 04, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: own, science
28 months - I grabbed this one at the thrift store for $1 thinking it would be a good introduction to where rain comes from. Certainly not the best book on earth. I think it could have conveyed the same content in half the pages and it's missing a few important points but the price was right and it's sufficient for the 2 year old crowd.
Megan Rowland
Jan 27, 2012 Megan Rowland rated it liked it
Shelves: science
This book is perfect for when you are talking about water in science. It talks about about ice, evsporation, liquid to gas, and all those good things about water. This is a great book to read before doing an experiment!
Dominique Maderitz
This booek is about what happens when the rain comes to the ground. The book talks about the water cycle in a fun way. This book would be useful to teach children the water cycle and different weather.
Melissa Housholder
This book tells exactly how and why it rains. It goes through all the seasons and explains the entire cycle water goes through and the different stages (vapor, liguid, solid). Great book for teaching the water cycle!
Apr 06, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing
I love the diagrams in this book. They really help to understand the water cycle. As this book teaches the water cycle to students it also provides simple experiments to try. The experiments are quick and do not require many materials.
Oct 10, 2012 Shakita rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, weather
This book was about the weather cycle. We learned about why it rains, snows, and hails. The book had nice illustrations to go with the descriptions. Kids could use this book when they learn about the weather. This book had great informational stuff in it that students would find useful.
Stacey Gante
This book talks about the water cycle and all the different stages that it undergoes when it rains. I would use this book in my classroom to have nonfiction books available for reading over various topics.
Kathryn Brewer
This is a great book to use when focusing on science materials in class. It focuses on the cycle of water and gives illustrations of each part of the cycle. It has detailed information for kids to learn and use when drawing their own cycles of water.
Nov 09, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
This is a very good book for learning about the water cycle. I do wish the author had used all three terms of the water cycle, though. "Precipitation" is conspicuously absent. This book also contains a very good description of how hail is formed.

Very simple book teaching basic concepts of earth's water cycle. Works for an audience of children just starting to show interest. Would not work as a story time, but could book talk it to give ideas for those interested in the subject.
Dec 05, 2010 Cornelius rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-books
For kindergarten children, I would use this book in the classroom to explain to children where does rain comes from. In addition, describes key terms, such as water vapor, evaporation, and states of matter, such as a liquid changing into a gas.
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Apr 14, 2016 ~Austen Nerd~ rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Super educational and fun. Also gives you an experiment to try with your child. My daughter really loved the illustrations as well. I would recommend for age 6 or above because the book is lengthy.
Christine Turner
Sep 06, 2009 Christine Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: juv-non-fiction
Explains how the water cycle leads to different types of weather patterns.

This is part of a series: "Let's-read-and-find-out science."
Feb 27, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-306
I really like these types of books! This would be a great accompaniment to a lesson on how rain is formed.
Hailey Dellinger
I read this book in my placement and I love how interested they were in learning about water!! One main concept that this book discusses is about water vapor
Shantia Redd
Jul 08, 2011 Shantia Redd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-vocabulary
This book places emphasis on new vocabulary words. With each page the story goes into more and more detail about the newly learned vocabulary words.
May 30, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
All about water in our atmosphere, showing the water cycle and how rain is formed. A short book that is easy to read at one time, but full of facts about water. Very interesting and fun to read.
Oct 08, 2011 Michaela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Awesome for a science lesson on the water cycle. Used this book for my Science Literature Kit and had the students make a water cycle bracelet so they could remember the journey.
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