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In this simple, funny picture book, Caldecott Honor Artist David Shannon captures the chaos that follows an unexpected downpour. Once upon a sunny day, the sky clouded over, and the rain came down. The chickens squawked, the dog barked, the baby cried, the traffic snarled, the groceries fell, and still, the rain came down.As one noisy event leads to another, the house painIn this simple, funny picture book, Caldecott Honor Artist David Shannon captures the chaos that follows an unexpected downpour. Once upon a sunny day, the sky clouded over, and the rain came down. The chickens squawked, the dog barked, the baby cried, the traffic snarled, the groceries fell, and still, the rain came down.As one noisy event leads to another, the house painter accidentally bonks the barber with his can of paint, and the baker mistakenly pokes the pizza man with his umbrella. Soon the whole block is honking, bickering, and yelling -- and then...the rain stops.The sun comes out, and one by one, each character ends up smiling and helping someone else. Here is an engaging story that will brighten the day of any reader -- rain or shine....

Title : The Rain Came Down
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ISBN : 9780439050210
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Rain Came Down Reviews

  • Jessica Hanley
    2019-02-01 12:17

    We all know that bad weather can make the happiest people change moods rather quickly. This book explores how easily moods can change and be altered by the arrival of one thing- rain clouds. I was drawn to this book because I have enjoyed David Shannon's other books and illustrations. The Rain Came Down offers the same realistic, yet cheery pictures that really make the story pop. The interlocking chain of events begins because the animals are startled by the commotion of the rain. This sets of a series of issues that affects all of the people in the community. But when the sun comes out, attitudes begin to shift and ammends are made. What I like best about this story is the message that it sends to young readers- that amends can be made and people can forgive each other and move on from their issues. This book would appeal to many young readers.

  • midnightfaerie
    2019-01-17 12:37

    Not one our favorite David Shannon books, but not without some merit. The pictures are lively and detailed with so much going on, my preschoolers couldn't get enough of looking at them. My 5 yr old saw where the story was going and couldn't keep his seat he was so excited to give it away. Whatever the story, Shannon is great at capturing the hearts and interest of young ones.

  • Carole P. Roman
    2019-02-15 13:30

    Beautiful and vivid illustration create the growing excitement of cause and effect to sheer panic of an out of control situation. The Rain Came Down is a wonderful gem of a book where everyone is affected by the drenching rain. Cars stop, horns honk, food is not delivered, leaks ruin cakes, fights start, all because people are obsessing about the weather. Police come and while attempting to unravel the snarled mess, the sun arrives and rescues the mob of malcontents. Peace is restored and we learn that no matter how tumultuous our lives are, how out of control we feel, the sun WILL come out and you will get your life back. I love this book. David Shannon is a genius!

  • Sheniece
    2019-01-26 13:27

    I can honestly say that I am one of those people who gets very grumpy and mean on rainy days because the rain makes everything wet and dirty and I don't like that. This book is about how a rainy day causes chaos in a town. When the rain stops everyone is nice to one another. Students can have a discussion about how they feel when it rains outside and how they feel when it is sunny. The way in which Shannon wrote this story was pretty neat. He started out with one mood and switched to another by the end of the story. I would challenge my students to write stories that make a person feel one way at the beginning, but another way at the end of the story.

  • Christine Levinge
    2019-02-03 11:14

    This book was a great chain of events book. When the rain starts coming down, a negative, spiraling chain of events starts to happen, with one bad thing happening after another. But, all of a sudden, the rain stops and the sun comes out, and a positive chain of events of good things starts to happen.

  • Maria Garcia
    2019-01-27 06:20

    Rain started pouring down in a small town causing havoc. A chain reaction of problems occurred that started with chickens squawking, a dog, barking, a baby crying, a mother yelling and so on. Since it started raining things around town had been going wrong. Overall, people were in grumpy moods leading to arguments between shop owners and children. In an instant the rain stopped and the clouds disappeared. A large rainbow fell over the town. People stopped what they were doing and decided that it was useless in arguing over trivial matters on such a beautiful day. Order was restored in the town and everyone could be seen enjoying the nice weather. The Rain Came Down is a creative story with a well thought out plot and beautiful illustrations, however, this book has to be one of my least favorite books written by David Shannon since it did not seem to have a theme or lesson to accompany the plot like his other books do.

  • Katy Larson
    2019-02-17 10:28

    The Rain Came Down, by David Shannon, was about the rain falling down all day on all the things during the day, and finally the sun coming out! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think it was very relatable and depending on the character that was being highlighted, it allowed the reader to feel a connection between them. The story was very well rounded because any age reader who reads through this story will be able to relate to the storyline. This book taught us that the weather outside can affect a person's mood significantly and also taught the reader a lot of vocabulary, which was very intriguing and allowed the reader to stay engaged the whole time which called for a good reading pace. This book could be read to a class in order to learn about weather, or to read for enjoyment. This book talks about feelings and mood, so it would be great to have students get in touch with their feelings and talk about how they feel in class.

  • Raf
    2019-02-01 05:13

    This brilliantly illustrated graphic novel chronicles the havoc a simply rain can cause for the unfortunate people of one small town. The book has a tremendous amount of characters who vary in sex, age, and ethnicity, and character. Pre-kindergarten and primary students would enjoy this book for the colorful, action-packed images that will entertain vivid discussions and speculations from reluctant or beginning readers.

  • Katherine Smith
    2019-02-16 12:25

    The Rain Came Down explains all the problems that arise in a town when it starts to rain. However, once the rain stops, the people begin to realize the beautiful day that the rain brought with it. This story could be used to teach children about silver linings and how to find the good in a bad situation.

  • Luisa Knight
    2019-01-28 10:12

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  • Betsy
    2019-02-15 06:37

    Great book. You should read it if you have 4-6 year olds. the illustrations are ah-mazingand a great lesson about just turning one part of your day without it being a "pollyanna" tale

  • LynnDavidson
    2019-01-21 12:28

    A rainy day creates bedlam and bad moods, but what a difference when the sun comes out. A cause and effect story with a peaceful ending. Great illustrations.

  • Rachel
    2019-02-02 10:30

    I enjoyed the "No, David" books much more than this one, but it does give a good snapshot of life in a community.

  • XIS Grade 3
    2019-02-02 12:15

    It was a really good book because it showed all the people who were mad because of the rain, but when the rain stopped, they all became more caring.

  • Alexis Kydon
    2019-01-20 06:17

    In The Rain Came Down, the story is more so about a series of events being affected by the weather. It's kind of like a chain. More and more people begin to argue because one thing leads to another. The main conflict is really just the fact that everyone is arguing and that the town is being disturbed by the negativity. A policeman came by someone's house when he first heard a lot of noise. While he is in the house checking to see what the ruckus is all about, a lot of the story is being told. The rain causes all of this controversy and trouble. However, once the police officer steps outside, the whole town is backed up by cars, people arguing, but then the rain stops. In that moment, people stop bickering. People move on with their lives and the tone changes to a positive one. The illustrations are great. They're pretty simplistic, but they are very detailed. For example, the pizza man is wearing an apron and the apron has red sauce on it. As a boy runs by a girl, it shows the puddle splashing onto her mid splash. It shows her immediate reaction, which is to cry. It shows emotions a lot. The colors used from page to page clearly match with the tone as well. When the rain stops, things get brighter just like the mood. I enjoyed this book a lot because it shows David Shannon's writing style that isn't "David" related. His illustrations are someone similar, but it shows more of an actual story side to him. It's easy to relate to it as well. The weather can affect a persons mood and that really sticks out in the book. It's funny how one thing leads to another. It's different from "If you give a pig a pancake..." because it doesn't go back to square one. It's more of an "Oh no! What's going to happen next?" kind of series of events.

  • Yolanda
    2019-02-12 08:25

    Rain can really put a damper on someone's day and this book does a terrific job depicting that. A domino effect of accidents causes an entire neighborhood to grow in frustration and anger with one another when the downpour of rain keeps coming down. Dogs are barking, car horns are beeping, and people are shouting when suddenly, the sun comes out and the rain stops. With the smell of fresh air everyone realizes that it's too nice of a day to argue and change their negative attitudes into positive attitudes. With the sun out and shining, the dogs are no longer barking, the cars are no longer honking their horns, and people are no longer shouting at one another. This was a 2000 Golden Kite Award Book for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrations. Unlike many of David Shannon's other books this book is not written from the perspective of a child, or with child-like print. Some of the illustrations take up both pages, and all of the illustrations throughout the book are framed so they do not take up the entire page. This would be a great book to read to k/1st grade students on a rainy day and could serve as a writing and drawing activity. After reading the story the teacher could explain cause and effect as well, and ask for students to make observations on what kind of behavior do they notice on rainy days. The two main themes of this book are weather and community.

  • Michaela George
    2019-02-13 10:12

    This book starts out with a day where it starts to rain. Basically everything in the little town goes into chaos, and it is all a domino effect. When it is raining everyone get grumpy and begins to blame each other. The traffic is at a halt, and everyone is starting to get anxious. Things start to go downhill, when all of the sudden the sun comes out. Right when the sun comes out everyone realizes what a beautiful day it is and questions why they should be fighting. They all begin to get along and help each other out. The people that were struggling with different tasks, or having a bad day people began to help others out and this changed the entire mood. This really shows that the weather can affect your mood. When the weather is rainy and gloomy people don't seem to want to greet each other or help people out. But when the sun is out it really does brighten everyone's day. Critique: I think it was a good book. You could use it in your classroom to teach different lessons. But you shouldn't encourage students as an excuse to be grumpy because of the weather.In class activity: I would have each student pick their favorite type of weather, and how it makes them feel. Also make them consider why it makes them feel that way. Also make them answer the question if they think that weather can really change your mood.

  • Araceli Aispuro
    2019-02-16 05:32

    It was a rainy day and everyone was having a bad day. The chickens were squawking, the cats were yowling, and the dogs were barking. The husband and wife were inside yelling, the police man blocked the road, those behind him were honking, yelling, and arguing. The owner of the parlor shop and the barber were arguing and the bakery man and and pizza man joined in. All the fruits rolled down the sidewalk. But still the rain came down. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the sun came springing up and so did everyone's joy. Because this book was based on a chain of events it was very engaging. In the beginning of the story the book made me feel a little depressed. I felt this way due to the illustrations of rain and the facial expressions on the characters as well. Towards the end of the story when the sun comes back out I feel happy again as do the characters in the story. The illustrator brightens up the colors and the characters in the story are all smiling. I also found that because the story uses repetition "and still, the rain came down" the students being read to could also join in. The teacher reads the story, and when that one line comes back up again and again the children could all say it together.

  • Anabel
    2019-02-15 09:38

    As I was completing my author study on David Shannon, I thought this book was quite unique and very different from any other book Shannon had previously written. This book was obviously written for an older audience. Humorous illustrations are more somber. David Shannon’s use of color adds a more realistic touch throughout entire story.This book portrays a series of people in the community including: an entire family and their dog, chickens, taxi driver, store owner, baker, painter, beauty parlor owner, store owner, and policeman. The rain aggravates all kinds of busy people that are trying to carry on with their daily duties. However, the rain brings out the worst in everyone as it keeps raining. The chickens make the dog bark, the barking dog wakes up the baby, the mom yells at the dad, the police officer goes and checks on the family, and sequence of other events. The rain finally stops and a beautiful rainbow appears. People instantly become more happy and are rewarded by their good deeds. This book is ideal when having students learn about main idea and sequence of events. Even though this book is probably more appropriate for an older audience, the students still enjoy finding the infamous Fergus as he once again makes a stellar appearance.

  • Julio Yac
    2019-01-17 10:11

    The Rain Came Down is a book about how rain causes unexpected things to happen. It starts on a Sunday and the clouds soon begin to dispense rain. The rain causes a chain of events to happen all over a town. Some situations are humorous while others are more serious. The front cover of the book caused me to pick up the book and make me want to read it. The cover shows fire behind a screaming and scared boy, a chicken, and cat. This made me wonder how they were all related to rain. You will not believe what rain caused in this town. This book written and illustrated by David Shannon is a great cotemporary piece. The stories within the story can totally happen in real life and the reader is able to relate to these events. The book is laid out with beautiful acrylic painted picture on the top of the page and text on the bottom portions of the pages. The font located at the bottom of the pages is large enough for readers of all ages to be able to easily read. The acrylic painted pictures are very detailed with the use of different hues and tones that make the picture pop out of the page. The pictures and text together makes this story flow easy allowing the young reader to be able to understand the storyline while enjoying the scenic pictures at the same time.

  • Tracy Moore
    2019-01-21 13:14

    In the book The Rain Came Down by David Shannon, a rainy day causes a chain of events of that leads to everyone being in a bad mood. The rain causes the chickens to squawk, which causes the cat to yowl at the chickens, which causes the dog to bark at the cat...This continues until it seems everyone in town is affected in some way. When the sun comes back and cheers up the townspeople, the chain of events is reversed. Primary children will enjoy making prediction about the chain of events when reading the book independently or listening to it being read aloud.This book would be great to teach about circular storytelling, as the entire story comes back around to the small events that began the story. The illustrations are large and colorful and capture the mood of the story both during the rain and in the sunshine. The book received the Golden Kite Award in 2001, which is given annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in order to recognize excellence in children's literature.

  • Emily Scott
    2019-01-22 12:38

    The Rain Came down is a cute short story about raindrops that produce bad moods that eventually fade with the clear sunny sky. The book goes through a sequence of events, for example it talks about how a man yelled at his dog and the dog barked back louder at the man and then it talks about how the rain still came down. This type of sequence happens over and over again with the different people and animals in the small town. Shannon then gives a birds eye view of the whole scene and then ends with showing a close up on how the rain had stopped. This book will help children to develop listening and language skills. It will also increase their observation skills and help them learn story sequence. Children will be able to retell the story by looking at the illustrations and their previous knowledge of the story. I would recommend this book to be read in a Kindergarten or 1st grade classroom. It would be a great book to use while teaching sequence, repetition and or story sequence. It's a fun book that can also have lots of activities to go along with it.

  • Jenny
    2019-02-15 06:38

    I have mixed feelings about this book. My 3 yo is really enjoying David Shannon's books right now and wants to hear all of the David books over and over, as well as Good Boy, Fergus. So when I saw this one, I decided to give it a try. I love the illustrations and it held my 3 yo daughter's attention. I liked the ending. I recognize that weather can impact mood....but felt that maybe it was taken too far in this book... rain can just as easily bring a sense of wonder and gratitude as anger, frustration and meanness. It felt a little as if the characters were forced to become grumpy due to the bad weather...and I think we always have a choice. Probably I am reading too much into this book, and of course, books must have a problem and Shannon purposely exaggerates the problem to add humor. Somehow, it just didn't sit with me well...just caused me to have an emotionally negative reaction. But that shouldn't discourage others from reading it and seeing what they think.

  • Marissa Cuevas
    2019-02-06 06:24

    The Rain came down is about how people are all sad and moody when it’s raining outside. In the book you see the family and children of a town being mean and yelling at each other when the sky is grey and full of clouds. It also showed the different sounds of animals and the sounds of people in real life situation. It was very realistic and interesting to listen too. It than shows the weather turning to sunny without a cloud in sight. This in turn shows the people of the town all respecting each other and being courteous to one another. I relay enjoyed reading this book because I felt as though it was a good resemblance of how people’s attitudes can change in an instant. This book is a very easy read but the pictures in it are not the most appealing. All though the book is made to be very abstract photos they are not the most attractive.

  • Chelsea Keopraseurt
    2019-02-11 11:29

    This simple picture book tells the story of a town who goes into chaos when it starts to downpour rain. Groceries start to fall, dogs start to bark, babies start to cry, and all in all, everything is a complete disaster. When the rain starts to fall, different characters (the painter, the pizza man, the barber, etc.) start to poke, nudge, and bug one another. However, the rain stops. And, when the rain stops everyone realizes how beautiful the day has become. The sun is out, and everything else has been washed away by the rain. The book itself is very simple in text, but has very colorful and elaborate illustrations. It tells the story of the calm after the storm, and appreciating beauty within a whirlwind of mess. I would use this story during a read-aloud because of its illustrations and simple, sweet message.

  • Kristin Falenski
    2019-02-12 09:38

    The book The Rain Came Down is about a day when it started raining and everything in the town goes crazy. Eventually the rain stops and people become happier and things around the town turn back to normal. It is a very fun book that shows no matter what happens eventually it will get better and things will be okay. The illustrations are what made this book really good. They enhance the text and support what is trying to be told by the story. This is a good book to use in for a fun lesson in the classroom. I do not think that it would be very good for an educational lesson however. The moral is that things will get better and I think that it would be of good use when that message wants to be taught. I would want to ask the author, David Shannon what he thought a good lesson would be when using this book.

  • Heather Langendorff
    2019-02-06 12:23

    This book starts out with a day where it starts to rain. Everything in the little town goes into chaos, and it is all a domino effect. When it is raining everyone gets grumpy and begins to blame each other. The traffic is at a halt, and everyone is starting to get anxious. Things start to go downhill, when all of the sudden the sun comes out. Right when the sun comes out everyone realizes what a beautiful day it is and questions why they should be fighting. They all begin to get along and help each other out. This really shows that the weather can affect your mood. I like the flow of this book and I would possibly read it for a lesson on weather. I would then tell the students that no matter the weather they should not be grumpy and let them share their favorite type of weather and why. A good class discussion book for sure!

  • Hannah Fry
    2019-02-04 12:14

    "The Rain Came Down" explains all the problems that arise in a town when it starts to rain. However, once the rain stops, the people begin to realize the beautiful day that the rain brought with it. It briefly covers the problems that arise in the lives of a few individual characters because of the rain, and then shows the alternate result of these problems when these individuals choose to change their outlook. This book is different from David Shannon's David books in its more detailed text, but the illustrations are drawn in a similar style to those in the David books. This story could be used in elementary classrooms of all different grades to teach children the importance of having a positive attitude and about silver linings and how to find the good in a bad situation. I think that this story is fun and engaging and would appeal to a wide variety of students.

  • Landon Rotolo-Utz
    2019-02-02 09:21

    This is a cute little story the follows a town on a suddenly rainy day. David Shannon takes us on a all too common bad day where everything goes from bad to worst. The communities mood fall with the rain and it's not until the sun returns do people get their smiles back. The illustration are quite well done and children will want to look at it again and again.I'd use this book for more of a social aspect than curricular. It would be good to read on a rainy day or when a few of your students just seem to be in a bad mood. It would be great for starting a class discussions on how different experiences in our day effects our moods. I'd suggest this book for third to fifth graders depending for independent reading but useable for all ages in the elementary school level for read alouds.

  • Aaron Alexander
    2019-01-18 11:16

    This is an excellent book to use with kids in grades 1-2 to show cause and effect. The book starts with the the rain starting to fall. The rain makes the chickens squawk, which makes the dog bark, which makes the man yell and so on. There are many different cause and effect activities that could be done. For example, with my second grade class, we are going to make a small flip book where the students will choose three examples from the story, and then draw each cause on one side of the paper. Then when they lift up the flap they will draw it's effect underneath.