Home in the Rain

by Bob Graham

A brown-skinned mother and daughter, relentless rain, and the small stage of a car... read more

A brown-skinned mother and daughter, relentless rain, and the small stage of a car interior are all the elements needed to find quiet drama in an ordinary day. Francie, her mom, and her baby sister brave the highway for the drive home from Grandma’s, while it “rained on endless lines of cars and buses, oil tankers and trucks, the windshield wipers in despair.” Glimpses of those they pass (a fisherman, some ducks, two men on the shoulder post fender-bender) alternate with small moments inside their vehicle, including a shared in-car picnic at a wayside pull off. Details of family life emerge during the trip, like learning that Francie’s father, who is white, has been away for three weeks, working at sea, and that her baby sister has yet to be born. A moment of inspiration at a service station stop for gas yields the new baby’s name: Grace. By the time they arrive home, the setting sun makes an appearance, shining on a doorstep reunion with Dad. (Ages 3-6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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