Big Rain Coming

Written by Katrina Germein
Illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft

For ages 5 to 8

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This book is best for:
  • adjectives
  • temporal concepts


In the Australian Outback, while staring at the dark clouds in the south, Old Stephen predicts there’s “big rain coming”. The children, panting dogs and fat green frogs do what they can to keep cool while waiting for the rain.

The stunningly beautiful illustrations and spare, yet incredibly descriptive language, evokes a sense of longing for the much-needed rain. This story can be used while teaching temporal concepts; such as day and night, and days of the week.

For further speech and language targets in Big Rain Coming, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Repetitive Tale

  • places - Australia, desert
  • naidoc
  • time
  • weather

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /d/ - dark, drag, dogs, dusty, dug, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, thunder, old, cloud, bed, outside
  • /n/ - no, night, thunder, afternoon, rain, green
  • /r/ - rain
  • /r/ blends - drag, breeze, green, grey, frogs
  • /s/ - Sunday, Saturday
  • /s/ blends - sleep, still, swim, dusty
  • voiced /th/ - the, there, their, themselves, then
  • unvoiced /th/ - thick, thunder, south
  • adjectives
  • copula (was)
  • negatives (no)
  • regular past tense
  • irregular past tense verbs (dug, swam)
  • action verbs
  • labelling
  • describing
  • predicting
  • making inferences
  • descriptive concepts (warm, cool, fat, dark, wet, dry)
  • temporal concepts (day, night, afternoon, evening, days of the week)
  • time
  • weather
  • direct character speech
Book Info

Published by Penguin Books Australia in 2002 (ISBN: 9780143500452)

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