cover image THE RAINBABIES


Laura Krauss Melmed, , illus. by Jim LaMarche. . HarperTrophy, $6.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-688-15113-3

A childless couple finds a dozen tiny rainbabies and cares for them until their real mother arrives to claim her offspring. Calling the writing "flawless" and the paintings "equally masterful" in a starred review, PW said, "This genuinely touching book is a winner in every respect." Ages 3-8. (Mar.)