April Shower was a little girl who hated water. When it rained, she wore a scowl and angrily brushed away spits from her face. She wouldn't wear a hood, but she would open up her spotted umbrella and walk with small fast steps holding it over her head. or shelter under it with her feet tightly paired together. If she was inside, she liked hearing its pitter-patter on the roof or watching it race down the window. She would wait to see the sun peep from the clouds, but secretly she hoped to catch a rainbow.
and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue...” She
sang to herself one rainy Friday afternoon, her voice trailing off to
hum the rest of the tune. As she hummed, she continued with her
colouring, a stick family outside their house with a rainbow in the
background. April was staying with Gran as her parents had gone away
and wouldn't be back until Saturday. She had one whole day. What
could her and Gran get up to? She poked her tongue out of the corner
of her mouth and drew purple flowers in her picture.
lovely April.” Gran said placing a glass of squash and a chocolate
biscuit beside her. “What shall we do tomorrow?”
we feed the ducks please?” April said through a mouthful of
don't see why not. We'll get some stale bread from the corner shop,
and then in the afternoon you can help me make jam tarts.” Gran
said wiping her hands on her apron.
favourite!” Squealed April, thinking how she loved to sieve the jam
settled then, but I want these things cleared away and the table
Gran!” April trilled, zipping her crayons into her pencil case.
forks, spoons. Knives, forks, spoons...” She recited as she set the
rest of the evening, April was good. She ate all her vegetables up
and didn't make a fuss when she was sent to bed. “Night Gran. Ducks
and jam tarts tomorrow!” She excitedly said, giving Gran a kiss on
morning when she woke, she quickly got dressed and went downstairs
morning, sleepyhead. There's your dippy egg with soldiers.” Gran
said spreading a thin layer of marmalade on her toast and indicating
April's place at the table.
we go now Gran?” April asked as soon as she'd finished.
if you brush your teeth and put on a jumper.” Gran had to shout as
April had already jumped up from the table.
left, the sun was shining, and April skipped ahead to buy stale bread
from Mr. Ahmed. Gran puffing behind her. From the shop, they crossed
over the road to the pond on the other side. The ducks ran to greet
them and pecked at the bread's plastic covering.
Greedy!” April told a duck, as he ripped a whole slice of bread
from her hand. She hurriedly tore up crusts and threw them to the
ducks around her. The sun had gone in and splodges of rain were
falling. The ducks ruffled their feathers, quacking with pleasure.
it's raining.” April whimpered, “And we don't have an umbrella.”
April, don't be silly. It's just a passing shower. A spot of rain
can't harm you.”
was right; rain didn't hurt and when it was fine beads, the sun came
April!” Gran exclaimed looking upwards.
was a beautiful rainbow. April flung her arms around her Gran and
sang, “I can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow and I've seen a rainbow