Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 8
- Grade: p to 3
- Reading age: 4 to 8
Little Girl means what she says and has the resources to get results. Not one to mope away the day watching the rain pour down, Little Girl struggles into her boots, raincoat and fire fighter's helmet, gets out the ladder and heads for the clouds. Old Man is a giant who lives in the clouds and controls the weather. He does, indeed, have ""a cold in his head."" Worse, he has no loving person to tend to him. Little Girl know just how to set things right. Back at home, with a little help from her mom, she gathers together her very own cure for the common cold. Now all the remains is to get Old Man out of bed and the sun back into the sky.
About the authors
Andrea Spalding is a prolific writer for children.
Born in the industrial city of Manchester England, she trained as a teacher. Then, with husband David, Andrea immigrated to Canada in 1967. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea and David relocated to British Columbia and live on Pender Island, one of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands.
Canadian life proved to be rich and varied. Curiosity about her chosen country compelled Andrea to listen to other Canadian immigrants who shared tales that later became her folktale book, A World of Stories.
A love of the outdoors prompted her and David to take their family and travel quintessential Canada. They've skated on frozen lakes, worked on dinosaur digs, and panned for Yukon gold. Andrea has whale-watched on both coasts, enjoyed vineyards and theatre festivals on the Niagara Peninsula, and tapped her feet in Toronto jazz clubs. A highlight West Coast experience was assisting in the carving an Aboriginal Honour Pole with Tsimshian master carver Victor Reece. These experiences provided background for her stories.
Andrea's first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite In The World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. Her fantasy novels - The Summer of Magic Quartet - are avidly read by both children and adults. Her picturebook, Secret of the Dance, is her 30th. Written with Aboriginal Elder Alfred Scow, it has gained accolades from both the aboriginal and white communities.
Andrea gives school presentations across the country, and also teaches writing workshops, and in-service presentations to teachers, librarians, and any one interested in her passion for Children's Literature.
Visit Andrea's website at www.andreaspalding.com.
Leslie Elizabeth Watts has illustrated a number of acclaimed picture books, including It's Raining, It's Pouring, and On the Night of the Comet. Leslie works in egg tempera, an old technique that requires the mixing of dry pigments with egg yolk and water. She lives in Harriston, Ontario, with her daughter Emily, her son Stefan, and several pets.
- Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
- Commended, CCBC Our Choice
- Short-listed, Blue Spruce nominee
"One can't help but admire Little Girl's generous spirit and problem-solving skills . . ."
School Library Journal
"With a spunky heroine, a dangerous quest, and a comforting lifeline to home, most children would consider this an ideal fantasy."
Quill & Quire
"Andrea Spalding has done us the service of blending a nursery rhyme and a nursery tale to come up with something quite new and intriguing."
The Whitehorse Star
" . . . children will come to like this biracial child as a caring, independent person firmly in control of her day and her emotional life."
"Spalding easily merges reality and fantasy in this delightful tale."
"Children will be enchanted with this playful story of the favourite childhood rhyme."
"This book is a great read for any who live in a wet climate . . . or for anyone who delights in the rain."
Other titles by Andrea Spalding
Secret of the Dance Read-Along
Seal Song Read-Along
Andrea Spalding 2-Book Bundle
Finders Keepers / An Island of My Own
Flavours of the Southern Gulf Islands
Finders Keepers Teachers' Guide
Dundurn Teachers' Guide