Puddle
Author: Maho Tonouchi
Specifications: ISBN  978-4577043950
24 pages
25.0 x 25.0 cm / 10.0 x 10.0 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 3+
Publisher: Froebel-kan
Tokyo, 2016
www.froebel-kan.co.jp/
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Synopsis

A kindergarten boy named Fuku goes outside after some rain and finds a big puddle of water in front of his house. He sloshes into it with his rubber boots and is splashing around when to his surprise the puddle speaks up. “Hey, little fella, could you give it a rest? I can’t see anything when you do that.” So Fuku asks, “What were you looking at?” and the puddle answers, “A rainbow.” The puddle is like a mirror and, now that Fuku isn’t standing in the water anymore, the page shows it reflecting a brilliant seven-color rainbow.

For the next several days, the boy comes outside to ask the puddle what he saw that day. It answers that it saw an airplane crossing overhead, or a flock of birds, or some children who came to look at water-striders, and so forth. But each day the puddle grows a little smaller as the water evaporates. Finally, when Fuku asks the tiny puddle, now no bigger than a coaster, what he saw that day, it replies that it didn’t see anything, but it spent the day remembering all the things it saw before. “See you again when it rains!” it says in parting.

The bright, colorful treatment of everything from Fuku’s raincoat to the paving stones, the sky, and the rainbow help dispel any doldrums that come with a rainy day. Better still, the puddle’s parting words leave the reader feeling eager for the next rain.