Itís Raining, Itís Pouring
Reviewed: August 9, 2002
By: Andrea Spalding (Illustrated
by Leslie Elizabeth Watts)
Andrea Spalding has done us the service of blending a nursery rhyme and a nursery tale
to come up with something quite new and intriguing.
The starting point is the rhymed quoted in the title. Little Girl is quite upset by
the rain, which has made it impossible to go out and play. her mother explains
it with the rhyme, in which the Old Man is in bead with a cold in his head.
Thatís all the little girl needs to know. Sheís off to the basement. Dressed for the
weather, he grabs a ladder, and climbs up though the house into the clouds and
up to the land where a giant lies in bed with a thermometer in his mouth.
The illness diagnosed, she heads home for a cure, which includes a wheelbarrow full
of honey and lemon drink, lots of cookies and a hot water bottle. The trip back
up the ladder is a wonder.
The medicine delivered, the giant gets better, the girl goes home, takes off her
rain gear and heads outside to &em; but
that would be telling.
So, you see, weíve got a play on the rhyme as well a friendly version of Jack and
the Beanstalk, lots of amusing events and some very nice fantasy illustrations
by the artist, Watts.
Spalding is currently living with her husband, David, at Berton House, where
they are the first writing couple to take up the residency.