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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The wind was blowing a large silver cloud across the sky just after sunrise. Many raindrops lived inside that cloud until the day they had grown big enough to be part of a storm. Young Maxwell the raindrop could hear the excitement of hundreds of raindrops who were preparing themselves to fall from the cloud. The raindrops started falling one by one except Maxwell. He refused to fall and the cloud told him that raindrops are supposed to fall. Maxwell told the cloud that he did not want to be a raindrop and he wanted to be a bird. He told the cloud that he wanted to be a rainbow as he could see people wearing hats and holding umbrellas, walking around and they wouldn't want him there. Would he finally realize his power and decide to fall from the cloud like the other raindrops?
Maxwell The Raindrop Who Wouldn't Fall by Joseph Moore is a charming story about self-love and self-acceptance and will encourage children to be happy with what they have and who they are. Jaclyn Donnelly's illustrations are as adorable as Maxwell and the raindrops and give clarity to the concept. The illustrations give Maxwell a character and personality of his own which makes him real, relatable, and memorable to readers. It is a good story for parents and tutors to encourage their children to be happy with what they have and appreciate it instead of trying to be something else. Everyone is gifted in their own special way and this positive message makes the book a must-have in everybody's personal collection and school and public libraries.