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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
What a delightful book for children! Delight is what children will experience while enjoying Maribel’s Rainy Day, beautifully designed by Jeffrey Vallis and superbly illustrated by Ignacio G. But what teachers and parents will find especially pleasing is the content of Maribel’s story, written by Leanne Richter and Shauna Havlina. Maribel is really upset because the non-stop rain is preventing her from going to play with buddy Vincent, and she’s tried everything she can think of to keep herself dry, including holding her cat, Smokey, over her head to shelter her. She flops on her bed, soaking wet, and sulks. But her foster mom, Ana, sees her despondency and comes up with a sensible solution that allows her to walk right through the rain. What do you think she suggested?
This is the point at which a teacher could stop reading Maribel’s Rainy Day and ask the class what solutions they would offer Maribel. Those solutions are obvious to an adult, but this is the chance for children to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. A valuable exercise, indeed. At the end of Maribel’s Rainy Day, the authors have included some wonderful little exercises to further cement the primary message of the story: to think positive. These exercises involve learning to take deep breaths when you’re uptight, and jotting down your worries along with writing positive affirmations to help chase each worry away. The authors have collaborated on two other wonderful “teaching” books for children. All three are worth a closer look. Check them out.