by Nancy Hundal
INTRODUCE THE STORY
Display a pair of children’s rain boots (or a picture of boots).
Ask students to imagine what kind of adventures/experiences could happen to the
person who wears the boots, or to the boots themselves.
Who might own them?
Where does that person live – in our town/city, or far away?
Are they brand new or old?
After discussing these ideas and others that students may have, read the story,
about a certain pair of boots much like these.
EXAMINE THE STORY
1. A metaphor is when one thing is compared to something else by saying that it is
the thing. Here is a metaphor: The stars are diamonds in the sky. What is the
metaphor on the first page of this book?
2. What is the boy splashing through at the water park? What do you think this
3. “My slippers are old, almost worn out, but they know my feet.” What do you
think this means?
4. List two things each that the boy hears, feels and smells.
5. From each line of words below, circle the word that does not belong.
jacket mitts face boots
puddles flakes drops rain
street slide swings playground
smoke wind air ocean
sea window waves shore
6. After the boy goes down the slide, his jeans are stuck to him “like yesterday’s
soggy swimsuit.” This is called a simile, where one item is compared to another,
using like or as. Now write your own similes for the following:
The boy’s smile was as bright as _______________________
The penguin waddled like a ___________________________
The rain came down as quickly as ______________________
Hugging a hedgehog is like ___________________________
7.Look at the cover and back of this book, and then scan the illustrations inside.
What is the main color of the story?
Is this a good color for a story about a cold month and rain?
Which other bright color is on almost every page? Why?
8. Imagine what it is that the rain taps out in its invitation to the boy, at the end of
the storyWrite your idea of how that invitation might be worded.
EXTEND THE STORY
1.Imagine you are the boy in the story. You have been watching at the window at
the end, and realize that it will probably rain tomorrow. How you feel? What are
your plans for tomorrow? Does it really rain? Tell your story.
2.This story is about an item that is common in the month in the title, November.
Fill in the blank after each of these months with an item would be appropriate for
that month, and tell in 1 line what that story would be about.
November __Boots_____about __a boy with new boots looking for rain_
December ____________about _________________________________
August _______________about _________________________________
April ________________ about _________________________________
September ____________about _________________________________
3.Imagine that the rain had come in the middle of the story, not the end.
How might it have been different? What might have happened at the end?
Write your own story from this new middle to the end.
4.Think of other ways that the boy might have found water to play in to try out his
new boots. List at least three.
5.“It’s November. The trees shiver. The birds shake.” Using the same pattern
(The _________(noun) ___________(verb) ),
Create at least four other ways to describe November
Then try it for July.
LINKS TO OTHER SUBJECTS
Research rain and the water cycle
Your own ideal water park or playground. Draw a map and explain each
feature briefly. Include features for different ages and abilities.
Paint a rain scene in the style used by illustrator Marilyn Mets in this book.
Use pale colors, lots of blues and greens, and include some bright red.
Big Sarah’s Little Boots by Paulette Bourgeois (Kids Can Press, 1987)
Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray (Harcourt Brace, 2000)
Tiger’s New Cowboy Boots by Irene Morck (Red Deer College Press, 1996)
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Andrea Spalding (Orca, 2001)
Wet World by Norma Simon (Candlewick Press, 1954)
Peter Spier’s Rain by Peter Spier (Doubleday, 1982)
In November by Cynthia Rylant (Harcourt, 2000)