Home in the Rain

Bob Graham

Home in the Rain
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Home in the Rain

Bob Graham

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winner (Picture Book) 2017

From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way.

Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma’s in the heavy rain. When they’re still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out “Daddy” and “Mummy” and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister…

A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.


One of the many reasons I love Bob Graham’s books is that, for all their simplicity, his observations of the natural world and family life are always profound and loving, and children, ‘reading’ the pictures, see the wonder of their ordinary lives illuminated for them. This story of a drive home in the buffeting rain on the freeway is no exception.

Francie and her Mum leave all the trucks and pull over into a rest area for a picnic in the car, where the windows steam up and Francie writes the family names on the windows. Daddy, Mummy, Francie, but who will the new baby sister be? There’s a blank rear window.

Later, they stop at a service station and while Francie is dancing in a little puddle and Mum is filling the car, a name comes to her. The perfect name in a timeless moment, to be shared with Dad later as they tumble in their front door.

That’s it. An unremarkable little tale. But filled with radiance.

Share it and pore over it with children aged 3 and up. It is quite special.

Kathy Kozlowski is a Children’s Book Specialist who has worked in kid’s books for over 40 years.

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