7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #414: Featuring April Pulley Sayre

h1 January 11th, 2015 by jules

“Raindrops reflect.”
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I’m having a very BookPage week here at 7-Imp. (There was this post and then this post.)

One more today! I reviewed April Pulley Sayre’s newest picture book, Raindrops Roll. That review is here, and today I’ve got some spreads from this beautiful book.



“Rain is coming. You can feel it in the air.”
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“Rain waters … and washes … and weighs down.”
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RAINDROPS ROLL. Copyright © 2015 by April Pulley Sayre. Published by Beach Lane Books, New York. All images here are reproduced by permission of April Pulley Sayre.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) A really thoughtful surprise for my girls from a friend.

2) An anniversary.

3) Birdman.

4) Finishing a writing assignment. Whew. Here’s hoping it’s well-received.

5) Spiked shakes (involving OREOS!).

6) Mailbox letters from friends.

7) Good stationery.


What are YOUR kicks this week?

11 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #414: Featuring April Pulley Sayre”

  1. April’s photography is exquisite. I love the kale photo especially.
    Jules, happy anniversary. I need to see Birdman. What kind of spiked shakes? Sounds yummy.
    My kicks:
    1. Back to school.
    2. Lunch with the top readers for November(we’re a bit behind, December flew by).
    3. Introducing Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz to fifth graders.
    4. Talking with third graders about research: the Mary Celeste, ghosts, and one group wanted to research mermaids but couldn’t find anything.
    5. Writing critique group night.
    6. Friends.
    7. Anticipation of the National College Football Game tomorrow: Go Ducks.
    Have a great week.

  2. PS. In a week where once again, violence is in the headlines, I am grateful for a place to focus on the positive in our lives.

  3. Good morning, Imps!
    Good morning, April.
    Good morning, raindrops and frogs and squash and leaves.

    Jules: Happy anniversary! Congrats on finishing your writing assignment.

    Jone: Happy January.

    My kicks for the past week:
    1) Sleep
    2) Rehearsal
    3) Sunshine
    4) Television
    5) Comfort
    6) Warmth
    7) Picks

  4. Lovely photos. We have lots of rolling raindrop days here in the PNW.

    Jules – Happy Anniversary! And Oreo spiked shakes sound yummy.

    Jones – I like the group that wanted to research mermaids! That sounds so fun! Hooray for friends and college football. And agreed – I so look forward to the Sunday morning pocket of gratitude that is 7 Imps.

    My kicks:
    1) A surprise Daisy and Otis playdate this past week.
    2) Having a small challenging but completely do-able project for my house.
    3) Good and interesting work.
    4) Hanging with Daisy.
    5) New cocktails – gin, ginger ale and either lime or lemon – Dragonfly or Leap Frogs, respectively. Yum.
    6) Lunch with friends.
    7) Looking forward to the Golden Globes tonight with Amy & Tina.

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. LW – just missed you! I’ll take some of your warmth and sunshine in kicks #3 & #6! Enjoy it – we’re a bit chilly and wet here.

  6. Jone, my spiked shake was chocolate ice cream and Oreos with vodka, and Blaine’s was essentially a White Russian with vanilla ice cream. … I enjoyed Hook’s Revenge, and I hope your students did.

    Oh, and yes about the violence. It’s been a sad, sad week.

    Little Willow, I often strive for my kicks to be economically-worded, like yours. I didn’t do too badly today, huh? I like your kicks. SLEEP. Yes. WARMTH. Yes.

    Rachel: I am digging the name Leap Frogs for a cocktail. Good luck with your house project!

    I’m also grateful that YOU ALL come here to kick with me!

  7. Rachel: I’m like a cat when I’m cold, stretching to reach that one scant beam of sunlight… Hi Daisy!

    Jules: You should have had a sitcom in the 1990s called Kickin’ in with Jules. Meanwhile, I have Colour Fields by Elbow on repeat here.

  8. I like that idea, and I LIKE ELBOW!

  9. I am so glad this book is highlighted this Sunday. I have it ordered.
    Jules: I think good surprises in the mail are the best. There is something special knowing someone took the time to send out a treat.
    Jone; I like the sound of your third grade research project. I finished Hook’s Revenge moments ago. It’s a winner.
    Little Willow: I love kick three. I have seriously been craving sunshine this past week. We have so many cloudy days here in the winter.
    Rachel: Have fun watching The Golden Globes!
    My kicks:
    1. Surviving the winds, snow and cold this week. Love winter but not the wind.
    2. More time to read
    3. New picture book purchases; Have you see Last Stop on Market Street?
    4. Wood for the comforting fires at night
    5. Laughter
    6 and 7 Love that my sweet Xena can still walk with me.
    Have a great week everyone.

  10. Margie: OUCH. Good luck with the winds. I love that you’ve got a good warm fire and some good books to read, though. Hugs to Xena.

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