About the Book
The Day It Rained is a simply delightful story which opens with little Jamelah sharing her excitement for something she’s waited long and hard for--the Fair.
The Day It Rained allows for an intimate peek into the world of Alzheimer’s Disease through the eyes of one little girl whose disappointment is surprisingly dissolved through the unexpected time she shares with her grandmother.
With her beautiful illustrations, Dr. Yemonja Smalls presents a book that offers unique opportunities for open communication with young people about what it means to love someone with Alzheimer's. While aimed at the elementary school-aged crowd, the book reaches to touch the hearts of not only the children who read it, but their families and caretakers as well. The Day It Rained seeks to present the reader with thoughts of how to let go and love differently, enjoying those unplanned and unscripted moments that remind us to love even through all that Alzheimer’s Disease sometimes makes us forget.
Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an emerging Chicagoland artist who has been creating since she could hold a crayon, marker and brush in hand. With no formal training with the exception of a few undergraduate courses, Yemonja has sought to infuse creativity in all that she does, whether that’s painting on a table, a canvas, or even on her own face. She has sought to find balance in sharing God’s bestowed talents in the pieces she creates with brush. “Dr. Y,” as affectionately known, is a self taught artist who gives birth to creations in acrylic paint and other mediums. Vibrant and restorative, Yemonja’s work focuses on the intimacies of human relationship through depiction of form. She is known for her greeting cards, murals, furniture embellishment, pottery designs, face and body painting, as well as an apparel and accessory line, Just Human™.