Home in the rain by Bob Graham
“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to earth; without rain there would be no life.”
The rain is pouring down in buckets, and Francie and her mum are on their way home from Grandma's. As the little red car pulls into a picnic area to wait out the storm, the windows fog up, and Francie spells out Dad, Mum, and Francie with her finger. But the back window is waiting for another name, that of Francie's soon-to-arrive baby sister. What should they call her? Francie and her mother ponder this as they return to the road. Later, when they stop to fill up with gas, who will notice one mother lost in thought and a small girl dancing? Special family moments can come, it seems, at the unlikeliest times and places!
The author has written a book that makes us feel many things. It successfully reminds us of the sights and sounds of a rainy day and of a long car trip. We also feel the family love and connection between Francie, her mother and grandma, her father and her soon-to-be new baby sister. There is much to look at and experience in this book with characters and locations weaving in and out along the path of their journey and the writing tells us that the story is leading us to a special moment - and so it does in typical Bob Graham style.