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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688151132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688151133
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the moon gives twelve tiny babies to a childless couple, the new parents take great care of their charges and eventually receive an unexpected reward. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
Laughter, tears and engaging text are all here in this touching story about an old couple that wish for a child and find themselves with a dozen, very teeny, tiny babies! Everything you can imagine, happens. The story is excitng enough for an older child and the soft, inviting, pallette of colors on each page will captivate a younger audience. This story is very beautifully written and I have found myself, wiping away a tear at how lovingly the couple cares for the babies and at what length they will go to; to keep the little babies out of harm's way. My two girls love this book (ages 2-4). You will find yourself holding tightly to your little one as you read this endearing story about REALLY little ones!!
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I loved this book. Its is going up there on my list of most beloved books ever. A truly original and beautiful story, beautifully illustrated by the wonder artist Jim La Marche. His illustrations are so lovely you just want them on your walls, and they match the beauty of the story perfectly. I chose this book because I love his illustrations and am so glad I did, or I'll not have discovered The Rainbabies. A truly heart-warming story.
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After trying for a number of years to have a child we were finally blessed to be able to adopt a beautiful baby girl. A friend gave us "The Rainbabies" and it touched us deeply. We could relate to how cherished children can be after the trial of waiting and wanting. The illustrations were perfect for the beautiful, plainly written story .
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By J. Woodcock on 13 Dec. 2014
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Lovely story and pictures
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I Read this with A Heavy Heart and Tears In My Eyes 18 Jan. 2008
By - A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully written book. A gorgeous story with beautiful illustrations. I gave this book as a gift to a friend of mine going through IVF. She loved the story of the Rainbabies and Mother Moonshower.

The Rainbabies is a delightful book about an older couple that have everything but the one thing that they desire more than anything in the world, a child. One night after a rainstorm, they find twelve little babies in the grass and they take such wonderful care of them. So much so that Mother moonshower comes and gives them a "real" daughter of their own. They feel complete and full of love.

I couldn't stop crying the first time I read this book. I have had cancer and because of my chemo was told that I may never have children. It hit home to know that you can have everything in the world, but feel like you have nothing if you don't have the love of a child. At first I felt robbed of this love. But I also understand that there must be a reason why. This is still my favorite book to pull out and read when I'm feeling a little bit lonely.

This story is tender and sweet. You'll love it with all your heart.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A magical story with equally magical illustrations 14 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Rainbabies reads like a classical fairy tale, with the all the heft of a cross-generational standard. But you haven't heard this story before, and the setting is quietly and peacefully timely and contemporary. Illustrator Jim Lamarche makes this point with frequent visual references to the present, yet his fluid style, reminscent at times of the great master N.C. Wyeth, not only enhances the narrative, but ensures its classic feel. There is no tragedy here, only magic, and I was as entranced by the story were as my eight and six-year-old daughters. An aging couple, content in all respects except for their childlessness, find twelve tiny babies in the grass following a moonshower. They take the babies in and raise them carefully, rising to the challenge of several near-disasters that threaten the lives of their young charges. Their devotion to the children is palpable, and this helps to calm the reader's vague sense of unease over the cause of the tiny infants' frequent peril. Surely everything will be all right. Or will it? It's a neat twist. You're not sure where this is going, and the hint of impending doom (as if Lamarche's illustrations are not enough) creates a gem of a page-turner. Finally, the old man and woman are rewarded for their single-minded commitment, and the happily-ever-after denouement settles over the last page like a warm smile. Lamarche's closing illustration is a memorable image, a fairy tale in itself, a picure of such contentment that only the most jaded reader will fail to grow wistful for simpler times and simpler pleasures. The Rainbabies is a keeper -- a curl-up-in-the-chair-with-the-kids kind of book that is likely to grow worn and dog-eared from long and frequent use.
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There's so much more to the story than a cozy tale about adoption. 24 Feb. 2006
By Linda Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I didn't realize till later, that the rainbabies represent the months of the year, which is why their mother is the moon mother. The moon creates the months of the year. And also why there are 12 of them, one to represent each month of the year. They never really left the elderly couple, they just bacame something else. At least this is what I tell my granddaughter when we are through reading the book.

I didn't look at this as an adoption book but more of a babysitting book. It respected the deep bond of the true mother of the rainbabies, and it was right for them to return to her. I look at this as a way to confirm that when my child goes out in the world, she can always come home to me, because my relationship to her is a sacred one. And when we watch over the children of others, it is our responsibility to protect them as if they were our own. I'm glad to find a book that supports this value, because I see it so lacking in the opinions of so many caretakers of other people's children. Every child is sacred, regardless of whether it is your own, or someone elses, and we have a responsibility to look out for all children. That is a sacred responsibility.

This theme has been coming up a lot in my granddaughter's play, since reading this story to her. So I bought 12 of the smallest little baby dolls I could find and made little felt blankets for each one, and my granddaughter has her dolls "babysit" them until the Moonmother can come to get them.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Adoption magic 9 Sept. 2001
By Alyssa A. Lappen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This heartwarming story begins in a plain enough fashion. An older couple live a lively and productive farm life, but long for children they cannot have.
Then the magic begins. One March night, rain pattering on their roof arouses the woman. "Wake up, old man, I've heard the moonshower brings good fortune to everyone it touches!" They go out and stand in the rain. There, in the grass and wildflowers are shining drops of water, each holding a baby.
The couple care diligently for their found little poems. They carry their babies in a willow basket while they do their chores, saving them from several near-disasters--a sudden storm, a weasel, and lightening-set fire. The babies sleep in a dresser drawer, covered gently by a scarf.
One night a man arrives, placing on their table a basket of silvery twigs filled with tiny pearls. He offers them an enormous jewel for their babies. "Thank you," says the woman, "but the babies will stay with us." The man transforms into Mother Moonshower, who must take her babies home. "You musn't," cries the woman. The woman kisses her sleeping rainbabies goodbye and they disappear.
But not before Mother Moonshower gives them, in the rainbabies' place, an infant girl. Rayna grows stronger and more lovely each year, and the couple feel their happiness complete.
Few if any children were ever adopted this way. But those adopted more normally adore this story, which helps them see how love alone makes families real. The tale also makes them comfortable with their own magical difference. Alyssa A. Lappen
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Must for Pagan/Wiccan Families 9 Aug. 2000
By "moonchilde" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought Rainbabies initially for the illustrations. I was in a hurry to pick a couple books out and it was beautiful. Imagine my suprise and delight when I got to the end and you discover that the babies were actually sent to earth by The Goddess! (Portrayed as a beautiful silver maiden wearing a moonstone necklace). For my son, age 3, this gave a lovely and nurturing image of Her that he can conjure whenever She is mentioned. (Which is alot in our home!)If you like this one you also might try Nicola's Grapes (I am unsure of the Author)...Blessed Be! Moss
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