A Picnic in the Rain
by Corrinne Delporte
illustrated by Célia Molinari Sebastià
Chouette Publishing, 2021
ISBN 9782898023187 (hc)
$17.95, 29 pp, ages 4 – 8
A delightful change in perspective creates this whimsical tale of snails enjoying a rainy day picnic—until the sun comes out and ruins it! Not to worry, though, because just as Mommy and Daddy snail are all packed up and ready to head home, little Margot finds the perfect damp spot for her family to picnic and play. Delporte alters familiar rain-themed nursery rhymes to suit the snails’ point of view and Sebastià’s close-up illustrations bring readers amusingly into the story as though they were a member of the snail family too. Upbeat and engaging, this lighthearted picnic tale is sure to make readers smile, groan, giggle, and sigh with delight at the ending.
Classroom Connections: Great for read-alouds, early independent readers, studying point-of-view in texts, and as part of a spring reading library. Reading Comprehension Strategies: Making Predictions, Asking Questions, Making Connections, Transforming.
Review by Amanda Forbes.
This review is featured in Canadian Teacher Magazine’s Spring 2022 issue.