The Raindrop (The Brian D. McClure Children's Book Collection)

Image of The Raindrop (The Brian D. McClure Children's Book Collection)
Release Date: 
February 1, 2006
Universal Flag Publishing
Reviewed by: 

The Raindrop is a beautifully illustrated picture book about a raindrop and its place in the world. The story begins with the Raindrop having a discussion with a cloud. The raindrop tells the cloud that he is smaller than small, and that he feels that he has no use at all. The cloud tells the raindrop of its importance in the world, and that he should rethink his worth, but the raindrop does not listen and chooses not to believe the cloud. His head is too filled with negative ideas and thoughts about himself. As the raindrop falls to the ground and gets sucked into the parched earth, which seriously needs water because it is going through a drought, the raindrop fears being alone. It still does not see its purpose.

Then the rains come and fill the earth with water, bringing everything back to life again, and still the raindrop cannot see its purpose. It is not until a farmer uses water from a well, which sucks up the raindrop and sprays it all around his fields of corn, that he finally sees his purpose. He is a part of the water system all along, which is indeed, very important to the world. He has always been a part of something special, but never saw it until that day. The raindrop is happy again. He now understands the oneness of all and the gifts we all share. He knows that if we did not all work together, nothing would exist, not even the sun which shines down on the earth bringing life every day.

This adventurous journey uncovers many truths, which help the raindrop remember the higher purpose of his life.  This is a simple, heartfelt story that allows children and adults of all ages remember the truth of who they are and their place in the world.

Reviewer Renee Hand is the award-winning author of The Crypto-Capers series. Look for her upcoming release The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill, The Great Pie Catastrophe.