'One dark and stormy day, a little raindrop fell out of a cloud and flew faster and faster through the sky ...'
Munchkin loves her bedtime stories. In fact, bedtime just isn't bedtime unless we have had cuddles and a bedtime story. For the past year, she has built up quite a collection of books, most of which she has specifically asked for, and I think every one of them can be classed as a favourite. After having a story read to her a couple of times, she will have memorized parts of the text and she will join in with the bits that she knows!
Recently, we were offered a new bedtime story to review.
The Little Raindrop is written by Joanna Gray, illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic and published by Top That! Publishing. It tells the story of a little raindrop who falls from a cloud in the sky, and embarks upon an adventure through the environment, meeting with the elements and completing a cycle until it is ready to fall from the rain cloud again.
The first thing we noticed was the pretty illustrations. Each page is covered, from corner to corner, with beautifully blended pastel colours, showing the story of the Little Raindrop's journey. The story itself teaches children about the natural water cycle in a fun and engaging way.
Munchkin is 3 and a half now, and she likes to ask a lot of questions when I am reading to her. It is very important to her to be able to understand the story all the way through. She needs to be clear of what is going on or she loses interest very quickly. The first time we read it together, she was concentrating very hard, and so we talked through it slowly, looking at all of the pictures, using them to visualise the story. I found that we were regularly referring back so we were able to piece the story together in a simple way. By the end of the story, she was really excited. She knew she had learned something new and couldn't wait to educate her daddy on the water cycle!
All the way through the story, we follow this happy little raindrop across the beautifully drawn, picturesque landscapes as we learn about the natural cycle of a raindrop. From the cloud, through the colourful rainbow, through rivers and streams, and more, until he finds himself reaching the rain cloud again.
This morning, after a heavy rain shower which left the ground covered in puddles, Munchkin and I set off on our walk to nursery. As we stepped outside, she ran ahead to jump in a puddle, but stopped herself and said to me,
"Mummy, if I splash all the raindrops out of this puddle, will they still fly back up to the rain clouds ...?"
This made me smile. Her bedtime story had really stuck in her head and she had taken a great deal of meaning from it!
Thank you, Joanna Gray, for teaching Munchkin something new!