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When Rain Falls

by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

A colorful look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a rainy day

We go inside when the rain comes down, but where do animals go? This new book for young readers offers a first glimpse at how different animals in different habitats behave during a thunderstorm.

Veteran children’s book author Melissa Stewart takes a lyrical look at the behavior of animals in forests, fields, wetlands, and deserts and briefly describes how each creature interacts with its rained-soaked environment. Constance Bergum’s soft watercolor paintings colorfully depict the animals and special features of each habitat.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-438-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2008
Page Count: 32
Size: 9-1/2″ x 11″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-100-3
Publication Date: 4/1/2019
Page Count: 32
Size: 9″ x 10-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-276-5
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 3.0
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre I
Themes: Animal Behavior, Habitats, Weather
BISAC 1: JNF037080 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature /Earth Sciences / Weather
BISAC 2: JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals /General
BISAC 3: JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology


“A simple text and gentle watercolor illustrations, organized by habitat, reveal how in forests, fields, wetlands and deserts 22 different species respond…this should appeal to very young listeners curious about the natural world.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“The book would be a good choice for rainy-day sharing or to introduce a weather unit.” ―School Library Journal

“Each visual is an excellent demonstration of animals in their surroundings…a wonderful way to share learning about nature with our younger scientists.” ―Library Media Connection

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“Bergum again employs her soft style, but the colors in this book are much brighter, appropriate to a summer shower…Stewart talks about fields, forests, wetlands, and deserts, and the information is just enough to properly satisfy young curiosity.” ―Bristol Herald Courier

“Watercolors by Constance R. Bergum are a pleasure to examine. Science writer Melissa Stewart provides a text which paints pictures with words.” ―The Carroll News

“A beautiful book…This book will spark discussions.” ―Science Books & Films

“There is so much more to learn and they will want to share this new knowledge with their friends. The illustrations leave no confusion as to what the creatures look like and their surrounding natural habitats.” ―It’s About Time, MaMaw

“Award-winning science writer and veteran children’s book author Melissa Stewart answers one of the most interesting questions that kids have about nature: where do animals go when it rains?” ―Tutor Doctor

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Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Primary) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2009

Keystone to Reading Book Award (Primary Nominee) ―Keystone State Reading Association, 2009-2010

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Meet the Author

Melissa Stewart earned degrees from Union College and New York University and worked as an editor. She is the author of more than sixty books and lives in Massachusetts. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Constance R. Bergum has illustrated several children’s books. She holds an MFA in illustration from Marywood University and lives in Montana.