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Mushroom Rain

What can smell like bubble gum, glow neon green at night, be poisonous and yet still eaten by humans, and even help create rain? The answer is mushrooms! From their hidden networks underground to the fruiting body above, mushrooms can do incredible things. But don't call them plants--mushrooms are fungi. They're more closely related to animals like you! Through lyrical text and colorful, detailed artwork, the wonderful, mysterious, and sometimes bizarre world of mushrooms is explored. Back matter includes a glossary, additional mushroom facts, and a science activity.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Dewey 579.6
Lexile AD900L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level L
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534111509), PDF (9781534197794), Hosted ebook (9781534197817)
Copyright 2022
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations

San Francisco Book Review - Mushroom Rain

“Mushroom Rain is a valuable contribution to the body of nonfiction children’s books concerning the natural world… Elementary school educators will find this a treasurable resource for their classrooms.”

Shelf Awareness - Mushroom Rain

“Together Zimmermann and Green prove how fascinating—and beautiful—science and nonfiction can be. The picture book’s poetic insights and enchanting illustrations are likely to scatter seeds that will take root for future mycologists.”

Kirkus Reviews - Mushroom Rain

“In lyrical, attention-grabbing language, [Zimmermann] describes mushrooms’ bizarre shapes and colors and remarkable smells…Star-dusted double-page illustrations convey Green’s enthusiasm for the subject.”

School Library Connection - Mushroom Rain

“This short, introductory picture book on mushrooms delights with its bizarre facts and charming illustrations. The title concept will fascinate readers with the idea that baby mushrooms help make rain, which in turn makes optimal growing conditions for fungus…The story arc cleverly navigates the life cycle of a mushroom, starting with the visible evidence of the fruiting body and moving to the hidden white threads of mycelium which act as a sort of stomach of the forest floor."

School Library Journal - STARRED Review Mushroom Rain

“This showstopper of a picture book will wake kids up to the wonders of the ­botanical underpinnings and incredible ­aspects of the science of mushrooms.”

Mushroom Rain Activity Pages

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Author: Laura K. Zimmermann

Laura K. Zimmermann is a college professor by day and children’s writer by night. When not writing or teaching, she’s outdoors enjoying nature. Laura lives in Winchester, Virginia.

Illustrator: Jamie Green

Jamie Green is a mushroom lover, maker, and freelance book illustrator living in Greenville, South Carolina, and their clients include Disney Hyperion, HarperCollins, and Charlesbridge.

Activities for further learning
Glossary of key words
Full-color illustrations