ONLY When it Rains
by Tommi L. Stephens
“Only When it Rains” is a children’s book (4th grade and up) that addresses the issue of illiteracy. One’s ability, or inability to read, is an important topic which affects us globally. This entertaining, heart-warming story, addresses this subject as seen and experienced through the eyes of a young child. He learns, unexpectedly, that his beloved grandfather has very limited reading ability. The boy convinces him that it is never too late to improve reading skills believed to have been lost many years before. It is an engaging lesson of tolerance, inspiration, family history and love. Although classified as a “children’s book,” “Only When it Rains” is a story that can also be read and enjoyed by adults, especially those who struggle with limited reading skills.