by Barbara Lehman

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It can be lonely sometimes on a rainy day in a big house with no one else around and there’s only the quiet to keep you company. But if you find a key, a mysterious key, that leads you to an unexpected place . . . chances are your afternoon is about to get a lot more interesting.

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ISBN-13: 9780547349121
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/09/2007
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 29 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Barbara Lehman has illustrated many books for children, including The Red Book, which was awarded the Caldecott Honor in 2005. Born in Chicago, Barbara attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she earned a BFA in communication design. A full-time illustrator, Barbara says, “Books and art have always held the strongest attraction for me. I have always felt drawn to ‘commercial art’ because of its ability to reach many people. I like the idea of being part of the media in a meaningful and thoughtful way, especially with children as the audience.” She lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Visit her website at www.barbaralehmanbooks.com.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

Lehman's creation recalls old-fashioned English adventure stories that use charmed means to bring coddled children outdoors for healthy fun. Now even nonreaders can have a magic adventure story of their very own; they'll treasure it.
Publishers Weekly, Starred

This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. . . . This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.
School Library Journal, Starred

Lehman compacts a wealth of storytelling into her wordless narrative. . . . Another surrealist triumph from a vigorous emerging talent.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Once again, Lehman provides purely colored, precisely rendered artwork that capably captures both adventures and emotions.
Booklist, ALA

This wordless book is close kin to Lehman's 2005 Caldecott Honor, The Red Book: again, clean, rectilinear compositions connote confinement of place and spirit, though the heavy, rough-edged drafting has a softer effect here, lightened by vistas of sea, sky, and happy children. The motif of an imaginative journey to a place virtually the opposite of the one escaped also recurs, though with significant differences: except for the not-quite-impossible tunnel and mood-reflecting weather, this is a realistic tale of finding friendship—or, perhaps, of overcoming sadness. . . . And there are plenty of significant visual details and connections to mull over as viewers put these curious events into words.
Horn Book

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Rainstorm 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is about an adventure a boy goes on while it is raining outside. He finds this secret passage. Its a cute book, I love looking at the illustrations of Lehman. It does not match up to 'The Red Book'.
tlwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are simple and appealing. The story's adventure is enticing for any child who has experienced being home on a rainy day with nothing to do. This particular boy found adventure upon adventure after discovering a key and a chest. That discovery lead him from his home, to a lighthouse, to playing with other children, and back home in time for dinner. The next rainy day brings more adventure for the boy. This story is a good illustration to show young readers how something as glum as a rainy day can be turned into a day of unexpected adventure.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is something about Barbara Lehman's illustrations that draw you in and tell the story in the most efficient way that one can't help but love. Her simple lines, fresh colors and purposeful frill free facial expressions on the children tell her story effortlessly. The story line follows much along the same vein as "The Red Book" with a slight variation in that the children visit the initial keyfinder, unlike the children do not return with the red book finder. Also the main character of the little boy is obviously a wealthy child who is left alone to tend to himself, perhaps in the care of a nanny or butler, whereas the red book finder appears to be an ordinary schoolchild. The theme runs a similar route however, in the joy of discovery (the key), the excitement of a new adventure and finding what one's heart truly hopes for in the end - acceptance, friendship, and others that are different from you yet so similar in terms of the enduring human spirit.
irisdovie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book entranced me with the pictures and the mystery of where we're being led. This tale is very well told for one without any words. I would put this book on a reading list at either a school or a public library. This book would be good for pre-schoolers although it is apparent to me that even adults and teens would like this book (my son and daughter both enjoyed it also).
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story begins with an experience familiar to many children: a boy is alone, looking out the window at the rain, and he is apparently lonely and bored. As he sets off through his very large house to find something to do, he discovers a key, which opens a trunk, which contains a ladder, which leads down to a secret passageway, which leads to a lighthouse where there are other children he can play with. This innocent adventure is told entirely through illustrations. The illustrations not only convey the action clearly, but also the emotions of the protagonist and the other children. With well-chosen details Lehman conveys a wealth of information. For example, the size of the house, the tie the boy wears, make his isolation clear from the start. The adventure and wish-fulfillment make this story captivating. This is appropriate for ages 3 to 8.
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part Ba/Wordless Book Lehman, B. (2007). Rainstorm. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.On a rainy day, a lonely boy, playing alone, accidentally discovers a key that unlocks a chest to a world of fun and friends. In this world he is surrounded by kids, and a dog, to play with, where the sky is blue and days are perfect for adventure. Ages 4-8.
dennislankau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book that allows students to follow a little boy through the house during a rain storm when he can't go outside. Using his imagination to keep from becoming to restless inside, the little boy is able to find something fun to do while he's stuck inside during the rain.*This book can be used in B-K classroom, adjusting the amount of description depending on students age. Students can help "tell" the story, making it a good book for group reading.
Kyrso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a mansion by the sea, a lonely boy finds a mysterious key under a chair. Curious to discover what it opens, he tries each lock until finally he succeeds in opening a large trunk with a ladder inside. As he climbs down the ladder, he finds himself in a passageway beneath the sea that eventually leads him to a lighthouse where a group of children and their dog become his instant friends. They have lunch, play ball, fly kites, and play on the beach until it is time for him to retrace his steps. This wordless story is straightforward but not predictable. The mystery of the key, the discovery of the passageway, and the obvious enjoyment of the children at play are all pleasantly depicted in brightly colored, simple watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations that combine full-page images, spreads, and pages of sequential panels. There are nicely done details such as the elaborate dinner service placed on the table at the mansion and the spiral stairway at the lighthouse. This appealing rainy-day tale will stir the imagination of those who have ever looked for something to do on a gloomy day.
VerrillC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book for children to practice their story telling skills. They can collaborate with a partner to write this story. Its a great way to get them thinking about the idea of how a story works and how to be creative based on the pictures shown.
mmgomez1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a no word picture book. The illustrations keep young children's attention. This story plays out a dream in a realistic and adenturous way.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is very much along the lines of Lehman's other books -- both in terms of story and illustrations. I like her work, though, so that's a-ok-fine with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago