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Rain brings frogs : a little book of hope
Cocca-Leffler, Maryann, 1958-

First edition.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 x 24 cm
When his friends and family see the bad in a situation, Nate sees a bright side to everything.
Pub Date:
Harper, 2011.


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Central - Houston Public Library Kid/Juvenile Picture books Kids book E COCCA

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Behind every cloud there is sun.

Nate always sees the bright side of life.

While others complain about rain, Nate is happy about the frogs that it brings. When you might think there is nothing to do, Nate is just happy to enjoy the view. Instead of wanting more, Nate is grateful for what he's got.

Smile along with Nate as he enjoys all the good things life has to offer.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Whatever the situation, young Nate sees things through optimistic eyes. For example, when Mom stands under her black umbrella and says, I hate rain, Nate,joyfully splashing about, answers, Rain brings frogs! When young friend Ben, hovered over a huge banana split, tells a hopeful dog, Not enough, Nate says, Enough to share, and extends his own ice-cream cone to a blissful pooch. Surrounded by a mountain of toys, little Liz wails, I need more! Smiling in his bed, holding a teddy, Nate says, I need one. Each spread's simple text and colorful, cartoon-style illustrations, filled with playful details, accessibly convey basic behavioral concepts and demonstrate supportive ways to reframe disappointments, as in a scene in which a kid, who sits dejectedly at the edge of the pool holding a second-place medal, says I lost. Nate, happily holding his fifth-place award, says, I finished! If occasionally a bit predictable, this encourages both kids and adults to look for simple joys.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-Cocca-Leffler has made defining the word "hope" quite a bit easier. Her optimistic outlook transcends to the picture book by showing opposite feelings to which children can easily relate. Nate sees everything in a positive light. "When Charlie says, 'Keep Out!'/Nate says, 'Room for All.' When Mom says, 'I Hate Rain.' Nate says, 'Rain Brings Frogs!'" Green frog endpapers enhance the cheerful colors and cartoonlike characters surrounded by plenty of white space. The font is large, and the narrative waves through the pages showing action and movement. However, the text uses a confusing mixture of lower- and uppercase letters. Still, the feeling of "hope," or seeing the bright side, will be just a bit more tangible after reading this book aloud.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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