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Raindrops Roll

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Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes!

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean.

In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, cel
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 2015 by Beach Lane Books
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Richie Partington
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, ps
Richie’s Picks: RAINDROPS ROLL by April Pulley Sayre, January 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-2064-8

“Water dripping from our clothes,
You with raindrops on your nose.”
-- Joni Mitchell, “Eastern Rain”

“Rain plops.
It drops.
It patters.
It spatters.
Rain waters…
and washes…
and weighs down.
It thuds.
Makes mud.
It fills.
It spills.
Rain stops.”

For over three decades, I’ve been immersed in an ocean of children’s picture books, reading and reading aloud countless numbers of them. With all that, I’m astounded by the
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-5-star
This nonfiction book illustrates rain in stunning photographs. The poetic text is unobtrusive yet explains in minimal words the very act of rain. It patters, spatters, dots and clings. It magnifies. It gathers into streams and rivers. It evaporates back into clouds. At the end of the book is a two-page spread entitled "A Splash of Science," where the author explains the science of rain. The photographs are captivating and gorgeous. I feel it is a fascinating way to explore rain on a rainy day. T ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The author of Eat Like a Bear returns with another great nonfiction picture book. In this book she offers the joy of rain and water. Told in a poetic way, the text conveys the anticipation of rain that you can feel coming and the changes in the sky. When the rain arrives, it makes noise, makes things wet, including animals out in the weather. There is running water, mud, all sorts of changes take place. When the rain stops, the raindrops remain and weigh things down, dot and cling. They change t ...more
I hope you'll forgive me if I gush here a little bit. The photographs in this book are absolutely stunning. The incredible detail in the photos just blows my mind. I felt like I could reach out and touch the rain drops. You can actually see the fibers on the leaves. I could almost smell the fresh air that always comes with rain. The poetry is just as wonderful as the photographs, describing in just a handful of words what is happening in each photograph. Many different plants and animals and dis ...more
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If my eyes had been closed, I would still have known it was there. The air smelled differently as soon as I stepped outside. Quite by surprise but really when needed the most, last week it rained. It had been long months since the roadways, yards and rooftops were wet with anything but snow.

April Sayre’s Book Raindrops RollBy the time Xena and I finished walking, our coats were soaked but we both were filled with the sheer joy of this, however brief, change in the weather. Raindrops Roll (Beach
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this picture book by 2008 Geisel Honoree April Pulley Sayre, readers take a walk into a rainstorm. The storm progresses naturally with each page turn, with short alliterative phrases that catch the reader's eye and allow the photographs to tell the story. Sayre's poetic text is positioned perfectly on each page, among striking full-color, panel and full-page photographs of leaves, insects, and plants. Backmatter provides readers with water facts (alluded to by the text), as well as a bibliogr ...more
Jillian Heise
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating photographs highlight close ups of raindrops on various plants to magnify the impact of rain. Lovely, sparse phrasing complements and tells what all raindrops can do. Additional information at the end give the science behind the different steps a raindrop goes through. A lovely read.
Poetic descriptions of rain are set against crisp photos of plants and animals caught in a rainstorm.

Photos are absolutely stunning and back matter includes info about the water cycle and a list of recommended reads.

Highly recommended for nature lovers and for reading aloud with PreK-2.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the rhythmic, rollicking language paired with the amazing detail of the vivid photo illustrations. Great for a rainy day read aloud
I LOVE this book. I love the photographs, I love the text. I love the science section in the back. This book is fantastic!
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking photography. Each photo shows rain and raindrops in such perfect splendor, makes me appreciate rain and weather all the more. Nature at its finest!
Maren Prestegaard
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a perfect book this would be for Country Day. To read on a rainy day.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Great images, but otherwise minimally engaging.
Dawn Moynihan
Twin Set 4

Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre—NCTE Orbuis Pictus Award Nominee 2016

Ice Boy by David Ezra Stein

Raindrops Roll is a non-fiction book that tells the beautiful story in pictures and words of the water cycle. Sayre uses poetry and stunning photography to explain what happens to raindrops.

Ice Boy is a light-hearted fiction look at the water cycle. Ice Boy is an ice cube who doesn’t want to sit around in the freezer waiting to be taken by a human. He escapes to the beach. From there
Rachel Peterson
Twin Text: Little Cloud Wants Snow

Lee, G. (2012). Little cloud wants snow. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Children.


“Raindrops Roll” is a beautiful book that uses poetry and lyrical text to teach students about the water cycle, storms, and rain. It also shows animals and how they interact and protect themselves from the rain. It is filled with photographs and short phrases, but includes a plethora of information about rain on the last two pages. This would be a great book to introduce st
Donna Gallant
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edli200
I loved the beautiful imagery and close examination of water in this nonfiction book, copyright 2015. I love that this informational picture book gives us pause to think about water and the amazing things that are happening all around us. Children, middle-grade, and young adults will appreciate the imagery and language of this book with a "splash of science." To that end, its intended audience of children will enjoy it as much as its extended audience. The reading level, is perhaps Fountas & Pin ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gasp-worthy photographs and text that sings a hymn of praise to a watery form of weather introduce readers to the wonders of rainfall. The book begins with the anticipation that builds as the skies and a certain feel in the air herald the approach of rain and ends with raindrops on spider webs and plants beginning to evaporate. Young readers will surely be fascinated by all the functions of rain as it gives water to living things but also washes away dirt and adds weight where it lands. Back mat ...more
Sunah Chung
The exquisite and authentic photographs illustrate the scenes of rainy days. Rain drops drop, plop, and patter, creating subtle yet energetic environments. Photographs show close ups of diverse creatures such as flowers, leaves, butterflies, and cocoons when it is rainy. Raindrops cover a shape of an insect, magnify the patterns of a flower petal, and reflect backgrounds.
At the end of the page, the author provides information on the water cycle and specify the texts which correspond with photo
Carrie Charley Brown
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In vivid photographs and sparse, yet action-filled text, April Pulley Sayre reveals the wonderful watered world after a rain shower. With rich curricular connections to weather, the water cycle, plants, and animals, as well as a grammar focus on verbs, this is a staple in the PK-1 classroom. This is a great introduction to nonfiction for young readers. However, the timeless, gorgeous photos will dazzle any age and spark research, as well. If you would like to take a refreshing walk through natur ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Rain is different in every storm. The effects are different as well. This is a great collage of different ways rains reacts in the natural world. The words are few, but the pictures are many. There are also many verbs to enjoy reading. The biggest disappoint in this book is that there is not a sentence that says rain/raindrops roll. They do many other things, but they don't roll in the book. It was very sad to read aloud and not have any raindrops roll (we rolled our arms like Patty-Cake, Patty- ...more
I loved the photographs in this book! The trouble with it was that the text really felt geared toward my toddler, not my preschooler, but since the book had paper pages, I had to keep my toddler at a distance from it, which made him loose all interest. My preschooler was aloud to handle it herself, but had no interest due to the simplicity of the text/lack of plot. It would be a PERFECT over-sized board book! I would definitely fork over $15 (or more) for my toddler to carry these beautiful phot ...more
"Raindrops Roll" by April Pulley Sayre has won Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee for Grades K-3 (2007), and NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Nominee (2016). In this book discover the wonder of water in a fun exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle.

It's unusual to find Non-fiction picture books that kids really enjoy. My three older kids really enjoyed this book. The photo-illustrations are amazing and detail throughout this book. The text is simple through out this book. Also i
I wonder if anyone could read and see this book and choose a favorite page? With poetic words and gorgeous, detailed photographs, April Pulley Sayre shows so enticingly the beginnings of rain, and then what raindrops do, like “waters. . . and washes. . . and weighs down.” Or at other times, “Raindrops settle. They slip. They dot. They drip.” The back matter page takes each phrase and explains the science behind it. No, I don’t have a favorite page; they’ll all beautiful and informative through t ...more
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-nonfiction
Deceptively simple language and gorgeous photographs explore one of the most taken-for-granted wonders of the natural world: rain. Sayre's text is infused with the rhythms and nuances of poetry, and the photos dare us to look at our world in a whole new way. Extensive back matter includes resources for further reading and--best of all--detailed notes that explain what is unique and special about seemingly straightforward such as "Raindrops dot" and "Raindrops cling."

In short: this informational
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Discover the wonder of water in this refreshingly fun and fascinating exploration of rain, raindrops, and the water cycle from the creator of Rah, Rah, Radishes! and Go, Go Grapes!

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean.

In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to
Becky B
Close-up photographs and rhyming text illuminate raindrop activities before and after rain. Further notes in the back of the book dig deeper into the science of water.

Fantastic photographs with cleverly chosen spare text really make raindrops fascinating things in this book. Even kids who don't care about the science stuff will get sucked into looking at the pictures. A fantastic non-fiction book on water for lower grades.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad. Beautiful photographs, very simple text. I question whether it's more of a picture book/read-aloud book rather than a nonfiction book, but the "A Splash of Science" at the end clinches it for nonfic.
It breaks down the text and explains the properties of water in a way that can be understood by smaller kiddos.
It's not the most amazing book, but it would be good for several different science lessons.
Melissa Mcavoy
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, science, 1st, 2nd, k
Beautiful, large format photographs feature water droplets. Brief poetic verses hint at scientific and ecological properties which are more fully explained in back matter. I found the book a little too slight and wished the additional information could have been incorporated on the relevant pages. By the time kids get to the end they are unlikely to read the informative part or sit still for it to be read to them.
Carol Scrimgeour
I always love April Pulley Sayre's books, not only for her choice of subjects, but for her beautiful play with words, sounds and rhythms. This time she adds her own gorgeous photographs to slow us down and help us notice the beauty of raindrops during and after a storm. "Rain plops. It drops. It patters. It spatters. Rain waters... and washes... and weighs down." Backmatter includes science information about water and rain, as well as additional resources. ...more
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April Pulley Sayre is an award-winning children’s book author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. She is best known for pioneering literary ways to immerse young readers in natural events via creative storytelling and unusual persp ...more

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