Rain, rain, rain - that was the theme for a new book by the same name at the Alice Public Library.

Author and illustrator Belinda Sandoval Alvarez debuted her book 'Rain!' on Tuesday with a book signing.

About 50 children attended, some with their umbrellas, the book signing.

The children who purchased the first edition of the series also got a personalized autograph and rainy-day lollipop.

Alvarez is a long-time educator, both teacher and principal, now retired and raised in Alice. Her first teaching opportunity was at Saenz Elementary School before venturing her career to the Rio Grande Valley.

Her main character in the book is Bella Frog, which she used in her curriculum activities as a teacher. 

Alvarez's second series book is due to be published in January 2019. 

"It was a dream of mine," she said. "It was something I just wanted to do."