Come On, Rain! (Hardcover)

By Karen Hesse, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)

Scholastic Press, 9780590331258, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 1999

List Price: 18.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


"Come on, rain!" Tess pleads to the sky as listless vines and parched plants droop in the endless heat. Up and down the block, cats pant while heat wavers off tar patches in the broiling alleyway. More than anything, Tess hopes for rain. And when it comes, she and her friends are ready for a surprising joyous celebration....

Through exquisite language and acute observation, Newbery medalist Karen Hesse recreates the glorious experience of a quenching rainstorm on a sweltering summer day. Jon J Muth's masterful and lyrical watercolors perfectly reflect the spirit of the text.

About the Author

Karen Hesse is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children. Her titles include WITNESS, THE CATS IN KRASINSKI SQUARE, and the Newbery Medal winner OUT OF THE DUST, among many others. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two teenaged daughters.

Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and its sequel, the New York Times bestselling picture book Zen Ties. Other beloved titles from Jon include the New York Times bestseller Hi, Koo!, The Three Questions, Gershon's Monster by Eric Kimmel, and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. Mr. Muth lives with his wife and their four children in New York.

Praise For Come On, Rain!

Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year

* "This is an impressive tribute to those experiences that leave us 'purely soothed,/ fresh as dew,/ turning toward the first sweet rays of the sun.'" -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Hesse's language is a quiet, elegant surge." -- Kirkus Reviews