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Annotation: Puddle sits despondently in the playground, observing the world around her. But when the sun makes a sudden appearance, Puddle meets an admiring new friend wholifts her spirits andmakes her feel loved.
Catalog Number: #173113
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Raschka, Christopher,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-265195-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-265195-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018003455
Dimensions: 24 x 27 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
In quirky verse with splashes of wordplay, Jackson (A Kiss for Akaraka) gives voice to the emotional life of a sensitive puddle. It-s deeper than the puddles around it (-It-s no fun/ being the deep one-), and, as the thoughtful often are, it-s self-conscious. A seagull lands in it, a sneaker stomps through it, and-worst of all-a poodle makes a pit stop. ---No piddle,- Puddle cries. -No, NO!--- But it-s too late. -Did they see,/ all the others?- it agonizes. Then something most unexpected happens, a miraculous something that makes schoolchildren on their way home stop and gaze with amazement at the puddle-s surface-one even offers the puddle a gesture of love. With bold, free strokes of watercolor and gouache, Raschka (New Shoes) paints life at puddle level, observing its surface splashed by raindrops, disturbed by pedestrians, and illuminated by what-s above it. Some objects are really in the water, while others are just reflections. Stories about worried children amid daily ordeals abound. Jackson finds a new way to say that anxiety isn-t fixed by worrying; instead, sometimes it changes into joy all on its own Ages 4-8. Illustrator-s agent: Brenda Bowen, Greenburger Assoc. (Mar.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A self-conscious puddle experiences growth, is used and fouled, and finds purpose as she interacts with her environment and reflects the world's beauty while finding her own. As rain pools on the ground, a personified puddle worries she's becoming a "pudge" compared to her siblings. Blue-grays mingle to create a melancholy mood until a sea gull descends to play in her waters. Soon sneakers, a ball, and—to Puddle's alarm—a poodle and its piddle disgrace the poor puddle. But sudden sunshine dries up the shallow pools that are her siblings, and golden hues softly glow around and from the solitary puddle. A bell rings and children stop, dazzled by the sky, the puddle, and the rainbow reflected in each. The reach of a child toward that radiance makes all the humiliations of the day melt away; to the puddle the reach is everything. Expressionistic paintings, done in watercolor with gouache, play like music. Propelled by Jackson's rhythmic read-aloud text, the abstract artwork reveals the changing inner and outer workings of the puddle, moving from dark to light and doubt to love. With his willingness to experiment and the earnestness with which he applies each stroke of his brush, Raschka perfectly captures a child's wonder and excitement in the world. Luminous and lovely, with colors to fill the soul. (Picture book. 4-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* A disgruntled rain puddle has trouble appreciating her own value. Calling herself "Puddle the Pudge," she admires her sweet, smaller brothers and sisters. In a series of interactions, a seagull takes a sip, children run through, and a wet poodle relieves itself. When the sun comes out, however, the little puddles quickly dry up, and Puddle is left alone. As a group of children head back inside their school after recess, they notice something amazing about the puddle: a rainbow reflecting in the water. One girl with dark skin and hair gives the puddle a hug of sorts, reaching her arms around it in appreciation. Though it appears simple, the book is quite complex and thoughtful. As young readers sympathize with the puddle's unhappiness, they may articulate their own feelings of disappointment or joy. The text takes the point of view of the puddle with rich vocabulary that creates images such as rain "dimpling" and the dog "piddling" the puddles. Masterful watercolor and gouache illustrations, artfully conveying what is reflected in the puddle, are enhanced by an effective book design and creative use of fonts. Vibrant, unusual, and beautiful, this deep Puddle "is, indeed, a sight to see."
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A surprising, universal, and gorgeously illustrated story about self-acceptance, love, friendship, and the joy of embracing different perspectives, this beautiful picture book by acclaimed author Richard Jackson and two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka presents a puddle with a distinct point of view.

Puddle sits despondently in the playground, observing the world around her as she is dimpled by rain, splashed by shoes, piddled on by a poodle, bounced by a basketball, and stirred up by an inquisitive seagull. But when the sun makes a sudden appearance, Puddle meets an admiring new friend who lifts her spirits and makes her feel loved.

Richard Jackson’s playful text shines with rhythm, repetition, and surprising turns of phrase, and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka’s luminous paintings achieve the impossible—oh, sweet Puddle!

A memorable story of friendship, love, and changing your point of view.

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