Puddle!

 

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Puddle

One rainy day, a little boy is upset because he can’t go out and play. His mom comes up with a way to keep him entertained–by drawing a picture of herself and him going outside, playing in the rain, and splashing in a giant puddle. They have so much fun drawing themselves that they decide to venture out and make the most of the rainy weather.

Oh Hyewon Yum, how I adore you and your adorable illustrations! Like the true picture book nerd that I am, I have a little list of artists who I would want to be my illustrators if I was ever fortunate enough to publish a picture book (hey, a girl can dream), and Hyewon Yum is absolutely on that dream list. Her illustrations are so sweet, so charming and so expressive, I can’t help but adore them! Just look at this grumpy little sweetheart:

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Vancouver has entered the seemingly never-ending rainy season that typically lasts from October all the way to, oh I don’t know, JULY. As I type this I can hear the rain pelting the windows, and I really, really wish I didn’t have to venture out in it to work… It’s a miracle that we don’t all end up covered in moss by the time summer rolls around again. Suffice it to say I live in a pretty grey and soggy part of the world, and growing up many a day of adventure and fun was turned into a day spent moping around in the house glaring out the window and cursing the gloomy weather. Puddle is a great reminder to all of us to find the joy in every moment and make our own happiness, whatever the weather. Life is too short to get worked up over a bit of rain (or a lot of rain, as the case may be….)

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There’s a Scandinavian expression that essentially says “there is no bad weather, just bad clothes” – if Scandinavians were to let a little snow keep them from getting outside and enjoying life, they’d spend most of the year cocooned inside going stir crazy! Similarly, life in the Pacific Northwest sometimes means learning to laugh at the weather, let go of your worries, and just let yourself get a little wet! We can all be a little too serious sometimes, and we need to get in touch with that inner puddle-jumping child again, and find the fun in the rain.

A great pair of gumboots and a colourful umbrella certainly don’t hurt either!🙂

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