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Once Upon a Raindrop

Written by James Carter

Illustrated by Nomoco

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Once Upon a Raindrop Review

Fascinating Facts Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers General Non-Fiction Poetry Science The Natural World

The Story of Water

Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020

Via simple but elegant illustrations, and a gentle sometimes playful rhyming text, this picture book passes on all sorts of information about water and its importance, while never losing the sense of the beauty of this essential element. Words and illustrations take us back in time to the beginning of life on Earth, up hills and deep below the surface to explain that “clouds, rain, river, sea, water cycles endlessly”. Carefully placed splashes of colour underscore pages of different blues, the tinkling rhythm of the text bringing a sense of calm. It all concludes with five fascinating facts about the “world wide wet” and this is a book to savour on lots of different levels. 

Andrea Reece

Once Upon a Raindrop Synopsis

Discover the origins of water and how our water cycle works. James Carter’s narrative verse takes the reader on an immersive journey across skies, lands and seas, illuminated by Nomoco’s striking, dynamic watercolour illustrations. The worlds of poetry and non-fiction collide in Once Upon a Raindrop to create a beautiful, unique picture book about water. 

Supporting the school curriculum subject of water, this book also showcases poetry at it’s very best – playful, rhythmic, entertaining and informative. This book, much like Carter’s earlier visual and poetic non-fiction title Once Upon a Star is brilliant for reading aloud.

Once Upon a Raindrop Press Reviews

Praise for Once Upon a Star;

‘The right “stuff” for young readers who have wondered about the stars and about their place in space.’  - Kirkus

‘Carter’s verse bounces along: “A mighty boom, a huge kerrang, that scientists call the big bang”, while Hernandez’s images explode on the page.’ – The Guardian 

‘A lyrical look at the science of the creation of the universe. Beautiful collision between poetry and science!’
 – Book Bairn 

‘An enjoyable, informative and affirmative addition to any child’s bookshelf.’ – Books For Keeps 

‘James Carter’s lucid poetic account of these awesome events, when integrated with Mar Hernández’s dramatic artwork, makes an exciting and impactful book.’ – Jill R Bennett 

‘James Carter’s Once Upon a Star manages to reduce the galaxy into a handful of words and images that even a very young person will get. Mar Hernandez’s exquisite artwork accompanies words like: “As the lid is lifted off our world/ the day goes quiet dark and cold/ then down comes night/ and if cloud free/ look up you’ll find the galaxy”. – The I newspaper 

‘Told in rhyming poetry, this is another non-fiction book that bends to narrative and creative forms to impart information.’ – Minervareads

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Publication date: 05/03/2020
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Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Caterpillar Books Ltd an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781848577145
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: James Carter
Illustrator: Nomoco
Publisher: Caterpillar Books Ltd an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Fascinating Facts, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Science, The Natural World
Collections: 85 Great Non-Fiction Books,

About James Carter

James Carter is an award-winning children's poet. He travels all over the cosmos (well, Britain), with his guitar (that's Keith) to give lively poetry performances and workshops.  James once had hair, extremely long hair (honestly), and he played in a really nasty ultra-loud heavy rock band. And, as a lifelong space cadet, James has discovered that poems are the best place to gather all his daydreamy thoughts.  What's more, he believes that daydreaming for ten minutes every day should be compulsory in all schools.  His poetry titles include Cars Stars Electric Guitars and Orange Silver Sausage (Walker ...

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