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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

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A prolific American children's author and teacher, Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen - more commonly known as Verna Aardema - was born in 1911 in New Era, Michigan. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema is a delightful rhyming story full of bright and vivid illustrations by Beatriz Vidal. It seemed logical that after learning about Vikings, Africa could be of interest and should be known about. Not so much a weakness as a common element in traditional literature, but in the story the drought ended because an Eagle feather dropped from the sky.

with the feather and a stick and other things, he made a bow and arrow to pirce the big black cloud suspended over Kapiti Plain, and he brought the rain back for the cows and the land. Summary: Published six years after her award winning "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears", this book is a beautifully illustrated cumulative rhyming tale about a drought in the Kapati plain of Kenya discovered by an anthropologist in the early 20th century who had noticed its a rhythmic pattern in the original telling reminiscent of "The House that Jack Built. A book lover myself, I strongly believe in reading to kids on a daily basis, to help them turn into mini bookworms. the pack includes approximately two weeks of reading sessions with time to allocate additional tasks to children.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. 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.

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. Beatriz Vidal's beautiful illustrations provide a charming accompaniment to the story, which would make an ideal story-hour selection. 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.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.

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