Rain: Where Do You Come from

Francesca Grazzini, Author, Talia Wise, Translator, Chiara Carrer, Illustrator Kane/Miller Book Publishers $11.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-916291-68-6
ENQUIRING MINDS... The I Want to Know series, imported from Italy, rolls out with Rain, Where Do You Come From?; Flower, Why Do You Smell So Nice?; Wind, What Makes You Move? and Sun, Where Do You Go?, all by Francesca Grazzini, illus. by Chiara Carrer. The books teach natural history through curious cartoon animals--the narrators include a bird who learns from the wind and a bee who quizzes a flower about pollination. The varied format includes simple poems and informal games/quizzes. Illustrations are fresh and winsome; the frog in Rain is particularly inspired and expressive. PW called this book displaying the American Sign Language alphabet ""exceptionally striking... a glorious success."" All ages. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
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