“Millions of Massive Raindrops”
When I was growing up, one of my very favorite books was an old copy of nursery rhymes illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. I’m not sure where my mother found the book (it was the American version of a British publication), but my sisters and I spent hours reading the poems and studying the pictures, which are incredibly detailed and lovely. I’m fortunate enough to have the book in my possession today, and though it’s not in the best of shape, I try sharing it with my boys from time to time. They are more interested in books about animals, trucks, and trains at the moment, but I’m hoping that, eventually, they will come to love this old collection of nursery rhymes as much as I do.
We’ve had a really rainy winter so far, and this weather always reminds me of my favorite nursery rhyme, “Millions of Massive Raindrops.”
As a little girl, this was my all-time favorite poem in the book, and my mother would recite it to me until I had it memorized. It’s really fun to say, but I was most enamored with the tiny fairies dancing in the rain. The illustrations are incredibly detailed and life-like, and every single rhyme within the book is drawn in a similar way.
My favorite fairy plays a harp as others run for cover in the rain, and there are a few brave creatures who dance and peek into windows.
I love this poem and its illustrations, and it’s such a sweet memento to share with my boys. Do you have a favorite book from your childhood?