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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Rosie J. Pova
Age Range: Under_5
Elliott has just moved into a new house but he’s nervous about venturing outside preferring to spend his days indoors immersed in a book with his fictional friends. As a storm develops Elliott peaks outside; the wind is howling, lightening is zigzagging through the clouds with crashes of thunder and torrential rain. Elliott returns to his book where the princess knight is in the middle of an important fight with a dragon. Once the storm had passed Elliott hears laughter as the kids from his street gather to play in the puddles. Elliott’s mother tries to persuade him to go out and join them “Sunday rain is the most fun,” she says. He longs to join in, but he’s too shy. However, it’s not long before Elliott discovers that new friendships are like a new book – you just have to plunge into the adventure.
This is an engaging story by Bulgaria-born US-based author Rosie J. Pava about moving home, making new friends, the power of books and the imagination. Elliott is shy and worried about not fitting in, but he finds he is able to overcome this by using his imagination to create a story that all the children can join in with. Accompanied by bright, engaging watercolour and charcoal artwork by US illustrator Amariah Rauscher, illustrator of the popular Princess Truly series. Sunday Rain also shows progressive values with a mixed-race protagonist and princess knight.