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All Summer in a Day

Updated on October 29, 2014

A Short Story by Ray Bradbury

The story is about a class of schoolchildren on Venus. The thick atmosphere of Venus still exists at this time, and it is constantly raining. The sun is only visible for one hour every seven years.

Margot is a little girl who moved to Venus from Earth just five years before the story takes place, so she is the only one in her class to remember sunshine. She is an outcast because of her sensitivity and the fact that it is rumored that she may return to Earth next year.

The kids are jealous of Margot because she remembers the sun from her time on Earth. They were only two years old when it was last visible from Venus and do not remember it. She almost has a nervous breakdown because she gets so sick of living with the relentless rain. For example, once when she was supposed to take a shower at school in the locker room, she refused to get wet. "She clutched her hands over her head and screamed that the water must not touch her head."

The students bully her because she is from earth. While the teacher is out of the room, a boy convinces the other children to lock Margot in the closet.

The teacher takes the other children outside to enjoy the hour of sunshine. In their astonishment and joy, they all forget about Margot. They run and play, skip jump and prance about, savoring every second of their newly found freedom.

via wiki

All Summer in a Day - Movie Part 1

This 30 minute adaptation was originally broadcast on the PBS children's series "Wonderworks" in 1982.

All Summer in a Day (1982) (TV)

 

Part 2

 

Part 3

 

Every time we get lots of rain I think of this story - and mention it to my husband... :/

Have you heard of this story?

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      david-peck-583234 

      4 years ago

      Heard of it, I am looking at an original from March 1954. My mom passed away and I got her Sci-Fy books including her original copies of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. WOW. Dave from NJ

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      i love all of his books

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      christopherwell 

      7 years ago

      I recently want through all the Bradbury collections I could get my hands on - including this story. He is such a great storyteller!

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      oxfordian 

      7 years ago

      I read this when I was in 4th grade and I STILL think about it. I LOVE Ray Bradbury

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      feliciasfavs 

      7 years ago

      I love Ray Bradbury but haven't read much in past years. I must, I must get this book.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Oh wow! You certainly got my interest.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      Angel blessed

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      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      @anonymous: thanks. i'll look into those. :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I absolutely love this story!

      I'm even writing an essay about it in class!!

      If you like this, you'd love "Day of the Butterfly" by Alice Munro an "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry

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      UKGhostwriter 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!

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      MyFairLadyah2 

      7 years ago

      This is on of my favorite stories. I think about it often when the rain stops and the sun shines.

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      Cinnamonbite 

      7 years ago

      I used to have nightmares about this story for years! LOVE BRADBURY! I've know that the movie was on Youtube and I even have it bookmarked, but I just won't watch it. Mostly because I don't want to be disappointed.

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      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      New to me.

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      Yourshowman LM 

      7 years ago

      I Never Heard about Him but now i do and would love to know more.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      I haven't read much Bradbury, looks like I have something to look forward to here!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting literature lens!

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      Never heard of this story. But this seems like a good read. Thanks for sharing.

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      kimmie1967 

      8 years ago

      No I have never heard of this story and have never read any Ray Bradbury stories but this one does sound like one I would like to get.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      I haven't heard of this story but it looks like an interesting read. I feel sorry for all of the children. A world without sunshine sounds horrible. Must admit though I enjoy rainy days.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      yes it is a wonderful storyyyyyy soooooo.... moving. i think its brilliant to write something that makes you feel a certain way, like this one makes you feel soo sad for margot and it makes you realize something, and the story leaves you feeling appreciative for the sun and horrible for margot... soo movinggg

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      No I haven't, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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