Sadie and her dad are finally heading to the zoo. Their trip has been cancelled for several reasons that Sadie can clearly remember, but today nothing can stop the trip. They are on their way to the zoo when Sadie’s father points out that it’s raining. Sadie looks out her window and says that it isn’t raining on her side of the car. Her father keeps driving, because all Sadie sees out her window is sunshine and lots of people heading to zoos. People on her side of the car are watering their lawns, though it’s pouring on her father’s side of the car. When they get to the zoo, Sadie’s father allows her to decide if they should stay, because it is raining hard on his side of the car. Sadie decides that it would be too wet to go to the zoo in the rain. So they reluctantly head home, until her father notices that the sun is out on his side of the car…
This picture book is inspired by a real-life event between author Kate Feiffer and her father, illustrator Jules Feiffer. They share their version of the event that inspired the book at the end of the picture book, and Kate continues to insist that it was never raining on her side of the car. That’s be beauty of personal perspective and the power of imagination and expectations for children. This book captures it with humor and because it is told from Sadie’s point of view, with an honestly and care for the child view.
The combination of the fresh point of view from Kate Feiffer and the loose-lined art of her father is a winning one. The imaginative power of Sadie never wavers in Kate’s writing. The humor of the text and its attitude is reflected effectively in the illustrations as well.
Highly recommended, this book reminded me of both my own strong convictions as a child and those of my own children. It is a testament to the imagination and creativity through which children view the world. Appropriate for ages 5-7.
Reviewed from library copy.
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