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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

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RODRIGUES PUBLISHER: PAVY PAGES: 56 AGE RECOMMENDED: 3+ Once, there were three friends, Bear, Beaver and Bee. The illustrations are fabulous, very evocative of place and emotion; the cows with their tongues lulling out from thirst always creeped me out as a kid, but in a delicious sort of way since I knew the happy ending to come. When I asked her what she was talking about, she again answered "I couldn't read the words, they looked weird. With each review, I provide a Cleanliness Report, mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents and/or conscientious readers (like me) can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not. This is not a new text; originally written in 1981, it has been present in the larger canon of children’s literature for nearly 40 years (also winning multiple awards).

The birds and animals started to migrate and a herdsman named Ki-pat wanted to end the drought in Kapiti plain so that his cattle could graze on grass. Content surprises are super annoying, especially when you’re 100+ pages in, so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that! In this traditional tale, discovered in Kenya, a young herd boy Ki-pat must find a way to end the dreadful drought that has come to the beautiful Kapiti Plain and save the animals that live there. Illustrations: Beatriz Vidal's beautiful artwork actually surpasses the award winning illustrations of the earlier work.Discussion points are suggested throughout and where possible answers have been provided to support the teaching. The rhymed words are not forced by using archaic grammar They are all easy to read and well within a child’s working vocabulary. I think a perfectly consistent rhythm would have veered in the direction of boring and singsongy text, so it’s good to see the “rules” judiciously broken. In reading the "About the Tale" in the back of the book, I was a little disappointed that this is not how the original story was told.

Now using this bow and arrow he shot to the clouds, and like a balloon, the clouds burst into the water and rained till the grass became green. The book is repetitive lie "Old Macdonald's Farm," This book also is being sent to an orphan school in Entebbe Uganda, where the children have to learn English beginning in K. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Ki- pat decided to make an arrow out of a feather that fell from an eagle and a bow out of a stick and a couple of other things.Ki-pat is a herder and he watches the desiccation of the land and the suffering of his cattle and the wild animals. It seemed logical that after learning about Vikings, Africa could be of interest and should be known about. Strength/weaknesses: The repetitive pattern gives the reader a pleasant sensation of predictability which could possibly help enable emerging readers to work their way through the text.

Verna Aardema was an award-winning American author who published retellings of many African traditional tales. This was a great book that really fitted with the rainy weather, to show that some areas really want rain! Do young readers ever ask if a causal relationship between the feather dropping and the drought ending has been satisfactorily established?

Beatriz Vidal's gorgeous illustrations gives a sense of ancient simplicity that compliments the story in every way. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

In this story, the landscape and animals of Kapiti Plain have suffered greatly due to a lack of rain.When the large, looming black cloud finally appears, it visually dominates the page in a way that the drought has so far dominated the lives of the characters within Nandi. It is a bit long so I had to break it into sections to keep children’s attention but it was a fun read. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.

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