The Magic Raincoat by Ryan David Is a fun book to read. The illustrations by Sibylla Benatova are fabulous! I just enjoy flipping through the book to look at all the textures and I discover something new almost every time I look through. The illustrations are done with handmade paper, which is super fun to do...but, there are a lot of materials and time invested in handmade papers. This is better suited for small groups, not 115 kids. So I decided that we would do something a little different for the background (I'll show this off in part 2). Here are some of our fun characters we did. While the main character in the book is a little girl, I gave my 2nd graders a choice to do a boy of girl and come up with the design for their magic raincoat.