Book: Listen to the Rain

Listen to the Rain

by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by James Endicott

Will this rain ever

Leaky faucet in the
E v e r y w h e r e

Note: An indecisive Mother Nature irks me.

It’s snowing.
No, it’s raining.
No wait, it’s…snraining?

I never know if to pack an umbrella, snowsuit or both.

Then I watch Nick’s outstretched hand as he delights in the feel of “wet” falling from the sky and I remember that whatever it is, it’s all good.

As we drive home, every few blocks he asks, “You hear that?”

“What did it sound like, Nick?”

“Um, it sound like…errrgh errrrgh errrrgh errrrgh.”

“Oh, those are the wipers.”

A few blocks later…

“You hear that?”

“What did it sound like, Nick?”

“It sound like…piiiing…piiiing…piiiiing.”

“Hmmm, I think that might be the rain, buddy.”

Bill Martin, Jr. has a billion books, including favorites like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Listen to the Rain is definitely one of his lesser known works but is still worth checking out. With kids, he may be preaching to the choir – they’re always listening – except maybe when we’re talking to them…or is it at them?

Maybe that’s the problem.
Maybe we should listen the way they listen.

I bet we’d be surprised by what we hear.

Bonus: Pair this book with Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? to turn your kiddo into a human sound effects machine (or the dude from Police Academy)


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