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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

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Verna Aardema (1911-2000) was a highly acclaimed storyteller and the author of many books of African folktales. I love books about myths and I'm always looking for resources for my students from different areas of Africa to connect to. Not inherently gripping, but the cumulative structure and rhythm of the text makes the simple chain of events far more compelling than they would be otherwise.

Other Classroom Uses: This book could be used in conjunction with a lesson or unit on the basic needs of all living things. This book has strong links to geography (African geography, wildlife and understanding concepts such as drought), history and exposes children to African folktales.

Although Scholastic indicates “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” would be of interest to 3rd-5th graders, my kindergartener enjoyed listening to it. 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.

Here was a book with gorgeous illustrations that I could read to my grandchildren and thus connect the past with the present with the future. You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why. As well as a book to be shared and read for pleasure, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti would be an excellent introduction to different cultures and provide an opportunity for the exploration of geographical concepts in the classroom, particularly for readers in the infant years. RODRIGUES PUBLISHER: PAVY PAGES: 56 AGE RECOMMENDED: 3+ Once, there were three friends, Bear, Beaver and Bee.

A book lover myself, I strongly believe in reading to kids on a daily basis, to help them turn into mini bookworms. It seemed logical that after learning about Vikings, Africa could be of interest and should be known about. I found that all the lines fell between 8 and 12 syllables, and that the pattern of stresses tended to be anapestic, two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed one.

Often a mythology unit focuses on Roman, Greek, and Norse mythology, so adding this tale could provide diversity.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. The beautiful words pop off the page and out of the reader’s mouth so crisply, it’s as if I am also standing in the field, in Africa. I first came across this book at a book fair in Kuala Lumpur in 1997 and I think my little son and I must have read it every day for a couple of years. Do young readers ever ask if a causal relationship between the feather dropping and the drought ending has been satisfactorily established? It begins with a 10 line introduction to set the scene and ends with a 4 line conclusion which brings the story to rest.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema is a delightful rhyming story full of bright and vivid illustrations by Beatriz Vidal. Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages. 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. The illustrations are evocative of African artwork, and unlike many children's books that tell folktales, this one omits the near-obligatory animism and spiritism that permeates tribal cultures. This is a fun, rhythmic tale that uses cumulative wording similar to the story, "The House that Jack Built.Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema is a delightful rhyming story full of bright and vivid illustrations by Beatriz Vidal. Appropriate for KS1 this magical tale uses rhyming words, repetition and similes, which makes this book an interesting read with poetry intertwined throughout and would act well as an introduction to poetry or even as an extension piece. 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 would also be an effective scaffolding exercise as the language used in Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is quite complex, with lots of tricky words.

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