The Rain Came Down

by David Shannon

Hardcover, 2000



Local notes

E Sha




Blue Sky Press (2000), Edition: 1st, 32 pages


An unexpected rain shower causes quarreling among the members of a small community.


Golden Kite Award (Winner — 2001)


Original language


Physical description

32 p.; 10.25 x 0.4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member vrook
This book explains how the rain causes a number of events. It includes pictures that are detailed and a fun story line.
LibraryThing member wpbarrentine
One day rain begins to fall and causes a series of events that ruin everyones day. Once everything starts going wrong the rain stops and a beautiful day emerges. Everyone in the book ends up having a wonderful day.
LibraryThing member ottesd
I disagree with the rating above of 3 1/2 stars. This books is actually a delightful read which is cleverly created. The author did a great job of creating a story line when it begins to rain, then reversing the line when the sun comes out. And of course, the pictures are delightful!
LibraryThing member lanebrown
This book is a story of how inter-connected all of our lives can alongside Shannon’s great illustrations. The rain causes one person’s bad moods which leads to another bad mood. The cause and effect train continues to spiral until the rain stops and all of a sudden the moods reverse. One
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person’s good mood leads to another’s good mood and this continues until all is resolved.

Within my classroom, this would be a fun book simply for a read aloud. My students love David Shannon and I love finding new books by him to add to my collection. This would be a good one to use within an author study on him. I also think this book would be a good tool within a writing unit on cause and effect. The author’s craft within this book is interesting to focus on as you watch him intertwine all of the different lives within this town.
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LibraryThing member StephanieWA
David Shannon's The Rain Came Down is full of wild and colourful illustrations which show the chaos which a rain storm brings to a little town. The characters are vivid and each is unique, with funny facial expressions, and the varied angles of the illustrations make this a great book for children
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to explore. The language is just right, with repetition and easy words which add to the building noise of the storm.
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LibraryThing member kag026
The rain starts a chain reaction of malady. Rain stops and sun shines. The negativity unwinds step by step. Happy ending.
LibraryThing member missbrandysue
This story is a pattern, repetition book that follows the causes and effects of rain pouring down in a little community. Thankfully, everyone stops being so grumpy and quick-to-anger as soon as the rain stops.

Great to use in the classroom for cause and effect lessons. I used it in a David Shannon
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author study and the kids loved it!
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LibraryThing member sarahbatte
A wonderfull book about what happens in a town when it rains. All kinds of things go wrong when it rains. Everyone is angry and mean becuase it is raining. Then one day it stops. Everyone becomes happy. The illustrations in this book are great.
LibraryThing member jpmorales92
Chaos ensued when the rain began pouring. Babies began crying, animals hollering, and traffic was a nightmare! People were bickering and horns were honking. It seemed as though they would never be happy. But then, the rain stopped… (2000, K-2)

The rain came down by David Shannon can have multiple
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uses in the classroom. It could obviously be used as a story to read during a rainy day, but it also could be a starting point for a class discussion about moods and feelings and why certain events can have such an impact on the way we act. When the rain came down, everyone in the area became angry and rushed and irritable, but once the sun came out, they began to all get along. It sort of makes you think about how different the world would be if we all just put aside out differences and made our own sunny days.
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LibraryThing member dukefan86
This is an interesting little story of cause and effect, as the falling rain caused accidents and arguments in a town, but when the skies cleared, moods lifted and business returned to normal. I enjoyed the illustrations as well.
LibraryThing member avidrine
This wasn't a favorite of mine. I felt like the writing was all over the place. If I were being read this book, even as an adult, my attention would have probably been elsewhere.
LibraryThing member kryoung1
A town falls apart in the clouds of a rainstorm. Fighting breaks out and everything seems to go wrong. But the light of the sun comes out to dry the rain and brighten the moods of the townsfolk. They are able to work together to repair the damage and overcome their differences and grumpy moods from
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the storm. I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It could be funny to a lot of kids, but I didn't find the appeal. The lesson of working together was a weak one in my opinion since they only stopped fighting when things got better instead of working through the storm.
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LibraryThing member TeresaCruz
Wow. This book depicted how rushed people are each day and how inconsiderate they are when something goes wrong or even as rain pours down. This book made me realize I, too, need to sometimes slow down and just be patient.
LibraryThing member librisissimo
Rainy day gets people mad; sunshine makes them happy. Good pictures of urban life, but not to my taste.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I should have liked this more. I totally appreciate that rain makes me gloomy and grumpy, and could affect a whole community, given some particular events. But I'm just not a fan of Shannon's style of art, (though this is less over-the-top than the David books), and (to me) the text seemed choppy
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and clunky.
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LibraryThing member sandratt
This is a fun story of a boy named David, he encounters many problems down the rain but at the end, he finds a sense of peace. Children in my classroom would love this book and relate to each part of the story. I would use for 1rt and 2nd grades.




½ (79 ratings; 3.8)
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