4 out of 4 stars
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Moving Day by Barbara Perry is a children’s book that follows the adventures of two raindrops named Willie and Arnold. They love possessing the capability to fall with the rain and evaporate repeatedly back up into the clouds. Illustrated by Autumn Brook, this 26-page tale features colorful background illustrations on every page. It serves to enhance the teaching of all of the different wintry parts of the water cycle.
When King Hugo of the Raindrops announces via royal decree that everyone will be moving, many are unsure about embracing new places, finding new friends, and attending a new school. But they soon discover their feelings of “relocation trepidation” are for naught, as they begin to meet snowflakes, icicles, wind, sleet, slush, fog, hail, and Jack Frost! They are dressed for success in their coordinating earmuffs, scarves, mittens, and backpacks.
From smiling snowmen and sled dogs, to ice-skating and the aurora borealis, endless adventures delight readers with every turn of the page. The font is easy to read, the tone is perpetually uplifting, and both genders are equally represented by the animated raindrop illustrations. A handy glossary appears at the end of the book that provides 2 pages worth of detailed descriptions that correspond to all of the weather-related terms that are shown throughout the story in bold. Even as an adult, I learned new terms like: “graupel” and discovered Inuit and Eskimo words like: “Nanuk, Qannik, Sesi, and Siku.” I did not encounter any grammatical or typographical errors, and there were no aspects of the storytelling that I disliked. Since I reviewed the paperback version, it is worth mentioning that it might have been nice to see printed page numbers.
I feel this book would be appropriate for children ages 4-8, as the target reading range of the material places its focus on students in grades K-3. This tale of transformation would make a great bedtime story, and adults of all ages could enjoy reading it to (and with) burgeoning meteorologists or any small child that loves science and umbrellas. For those who reside in warmer climates, this little picture book could even be a great introduction to colder climate phenomena, exposing curious kids to things like ice fishing, snow angels, and freezing rain.
I award this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The utilized plot theme encourages young minds to embrace the “excitement of change” and face uncertainty with anticipatory optimism. So weather the storm of shifting winds and embrace the breezes of fluttery change with your little ones! After all, it takes a whole team to make a glacier (and a true, combined group effort to make an igloo).
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