It's amazing that such a beautiful book could sell for only $3.95. A shout out to Scholastic Inc. for their publications for the school market! This story reads like a long, loving poem. The words are chosen with precision. The sentences flow gently off the tongue to complement (and compliment) the illustrations. What a wise choice to illustrate this story in watercolor! The main character is a young African American girl, Tessie, who perceives that a cool summer rain is about to relieve her city neighborhood of suffocating summer heat. Tessie skillfully assembles three friends for the exact moment the rain arrives. They frolic in the downpour as it passes by.