Excerpt from All Summer in a Day

by Ray Bradbury

Read by Emma Rye

It had been raining for seven years;
thousands upon thousands of days com-
pounded and filled from one end to the
other with rain, with the drum and gush of
water, with the sweet crystal fall of showers
and the concussion of storms so heavy they
were tidal waves come over the islands. A
thousand forests had been crushed under
the rain and grown up a thousand times to
be crushed again. And this was the way life

was forever on the planet Venus, and this

was the schoolroom of the children of the
rocket men and women who had come to a
raining world to set up civilization and live
out their lives.