by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Lisa Congdon is a brightly illustrated book that celebrates the sights, sounds, and experience of rain. It shows how the birds, trees, and squirrels know the rain is coming long before it begins. It shows children on the playground hurrying home with umbrellas and rain boots, and cats who know by their whiskers that rain is coming. And, when the rain does start to fall, it shows how excited the ducks are to splash around in the “wonderful, free rain”