The Rhythm of the Rain is a beautifully illustrated narrative of water. The water begins its journey in a jar, which is emptied into a pool by a little boy, Isaac, who watches it trickle away and wonders where it goes.
The real triumph of this book is in the almost otherworldly scenes depicted in its illustrations: the shimmering reflections around the water in Isaac’s pool; the solitary sperm whale alone in a dark and expansive sea; the spray of a waterfall as it cascades down to somewhere out of sight far below.
The accompanying writing provides a narrative and adds human elements to the water’s journey, making links to the water cycle and physical geography.
This book could be used at the beginning of a infant science topic about the water cycle, where children could be encouraged to produce a story map of the water’s journey through the book. This could act as a springboard from which to learn more about the water cycle through an experiment (the ‘cloud in a jar’ experiment springs to mind).
There is also certainly opportunity to link this book to an environmental topic, where children are learning about the impact of global warming on the oceans, and the sea creatures which might be affected by this.
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