Title: Maxwell, The Rainbow: Am I Still Me?
Author: Joseph Moore
Illustrator: Jaclyn Donnelly
Publisher: Joseph Moore
“I’ve changed? But what if I don’t want to be vapor? Am I still me?” Maxwell the Raindrop asks in Joseph Moore’s children’s book, Maxwell, The Rainbow: Am I Still Me?
~ What ~
At fifty pages, this oversize hardbound targets preschool children and older. With no scary scenes, it is about learning to accept change while discussing nature’s water cycle. Vibrant and colorful illustrations fill the pages with white sections containing the story in black print. The ending includes five discussion questions and an advertisement for a prior book in the series.
Second in the series, this tale has Maxwell, the raindrop, resting on a thirsty flower and wondering why he is feeling different as he turns into a vapor and enters a cloud with his friends. Afraid he will no longer be a raindrop, he is assured he will be the same but look different. When the drops of moisture fall from the cloud and turn into snowflakes, again he is concerned until they explain what is happening. After he melts in the spring, he befriends a flower who also gets worried when her blossom turns into seeds, but Maxwell comforts her that we can still be the same, even though we look different and have changed.
~ Why ~
This is a cute book that parents will enjoy reading to their children who are changing as they grow up. The questions in the back of the book offer excellent ways to further discuss change and the science of water and plant cycles. I like how there are charming ways to accept changes, even if raindrops cannot travel to the moon and snowflakes cannot ski.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like reading silly books about the cycle of moisture as it evolves from vapor to water to ice may not be interested in this read. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the two- and three-syllable words. Some children with visual issues may find the colorful illustrations too busy and distracting.
~ Wish ~topics.
It would be helpful if the scientific discussion questions had short answers. While I found the story enchanting and clever, I did notice several punctuation errors that could be corrected in future printings.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s storybook that vaguely explains evaporation, condensation, and precipitation while be entertaining regarding change, this would be a good option.