Bibliographic Information: Aardema, Verna. Bringing The Rain to Kapiti Plain. New York: Puffin Penguin Books Group, 1981. Print.
Brief Annotation: This story not only has beautiful water color paintings on every page, but it depicts African life for animals and hunters. The book depicts through rhyme and metaphors how a native man created rain fall for the drought that covered the plains.
Grade Level: 1-4
Readers who will like this: Readers who like books that show colored photos of animals, and books that contain rhythm through rhyme.
Rating/ Response: 5 – This book is beautifully crafted. It contains valuable information about cultures of tribes on another continent. It can be used in multiple subject areas such as science — with discussing rain; literature — with discussing rhyming words; and social studies — with discussing cultures or the continent Africa.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you do if your home land was dried out from no rain, and the animals or people around you were dying?
Reading Strategy: Social Studies
Rationale for Strategy: Children can learn from this book in multiple concepts throughout the year. This book is truly valuable to own. Social Studies is just the beginning for a reason to introduce this book.
Posted by: Alexa Wachter