Book Review: Bringing The Rain to Kapiti Plain

Rating: ★★★★☆

A very nicely illustrated retelling of a traditional Kenyan folktale, altered to fit the British style of cumulative nursery rhymes, reminiscent of The House that Jack Built.  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.  The tale of a shepherd shooting a hole in the clouds to water his herd is lighthearted in its delivery, but it also conveys on a child’s level the trouble that dry seasons can bring to a subsistence agrarian community.  This is good for children who grew up in a wealthy industrialized society where clean water is available at the turn of the tap. Stories like this one may begin to open their understanding to the fact that other people do not have access to the resources they take for granted.

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Publication Information: Aardema, Verna. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. . 1992. ISBN: 0140546162.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on April 18, 2009

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