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Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt

Simple, simple story for the very beginning reader. Large illustrations, two words per page, a rhyme that makes it easy to remember. What more does an adult look for in a book for the tiny tots.

The illustrations are double page spreads, bold and vividly colored. Very eye–catching. The opening left hand spread has two words:

Water drops,

and the story is off and running.

     1 Froggie hops

      2 Spiders skitter

and on and on.

The book is a counting rhyme—all the way to the number 10.

      10 Ponies prance.

      Rain dance.

A perfect read–aloud book that introduces readers to numbers, animals, rhyme and rhythm. Point to the animals as you read their name. Point to the number as you count the animals on the page. Emilie Chollat’s large illustrations make this recognition easy.

An easy, fun beginning book for the youngest readers.

Title: Rain Dance

Author: Kathi Appelt

Illustrator: Emilie Chollat

Publisher: HarperFestival

Hardback: 20 pages

ISBN: 0-694-01291-2