________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 6 . . . . October 9, 2009

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Saffy Looks for Rain.

Paola Opal.
Vancouver, BC: Simply Read Books, 2009.
24 pp., board, $8.95.
ISBN 978-1-897476-03-1.

Preschool / Birth-age 3.

Review by Kristen Ferguson.

*** /4

excerpt:

Saffy is hot.

"Wait for the cool rain," says Mommy.

"No," says Saffy. "I want it now."

 

And so begins the story of a little giraffe named Saffy, in the board book, Saffy Looks for Rain. Saffy, deciding that he cannot wait for the rain to come, determines to go and find a rain cloud himself. Saffy's search for rain is told through a series of questions and answers.

Is one hiding in the tree?

Tweet, tweet!

No, just a bird.

     After searching for a rain cloud in a number of locations, Saffy meets a little elephant named Ollie. While Ollie does not have a rain cloud, Ollie shows Saffy how he can make rain with his trunk. Saffy gleefully tells his mother, "Look, Mommy! I found something even better than rain - a new friend."

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    Saffy Looks for Rain is a story to which many children can relate. Most preschoolers can identify with an impatient Saffy and to not wanting to wait for something to happen. The message about the value of making new friends adds a didactic element to the story. Like Opal's other board books, Saffy and Totty, Opal's illustrations are colourful and outlined in bold black lines.

     Saffy Looks for Rain is strong sequel to Saffy and is an asset to a library or home library for infants to preschool-age children.     

Recommended.

Kristen Ferguson teaches Language Arts at the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University and is a doctoral student in Education at York University. She is also a new mom, and her son Malcolm enjoyed this book very much!

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