4 out of 4 stars
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A Perfect Puddle by Barbara Perry is a children’s picture book that explores the adventures of two drops of water. Willie and Arnold attend school each day to learn about becoming raindrops. They practice working with the other droplets to make hail, rainbows, and rivers. Finally, they graduate from school and get their first chance to join the other drops as rain, allowing their adventures to continue down on the ground.
I really admire the creativity of the author, as I would never have though that two raindrops would make such adorable, lovable characters. I must also commend the illustrator, Autumn Brook, who brought the boys to life and allowed me to understand how two drops of water could be personified. I found myself becoming attached to Willie and Arnold and hoping that they would be able to graduate and pursue their dreams of being real raindrops.
Beyond being a cute story, this book also strives to include educational elements. It explores different types of weather and the water cycle by integrating imagination with reality. For example, the boys know that rain only comes from gray clouds, so they paint their cloud gray so that they can become rain. After precipitating down, Willie and Arnold get the chance to participate in the condensation and evaporation steps of the water cycle as well. The author avoids using this specific terminology to keep the book fun and approachable, but parents and teachers could use this story as a way to begin introducing these terms.
Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. From the fun characters to the professional drawings, I can’t really find anything to complain about. The writing also appears to be professionally edited.
I would happily recommend this book to parents and teachers of children ages 4 to 9, though younger kids will need a parent to read it to them. I’m sure that adults and kids alike will be won over by this adorable pair of raindrops, just like I was.
A Perfect Puddle
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