Verna Aardema (1911-2000) was a highly acclaimed storyteller and the author of many books of African folktales. Her book, Who’s in Rabbit’s House?, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, was an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1977. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, also illustrated by the Dillons, was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1976 and was chosen as an ALA Notable Children’s Book, as was a third Aardema-Dillon collaboration, Behind the Back of the Mountain.
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plainby Verna Aardema, National Geographic Learning
A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. 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.” See more details below
A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. 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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Ki-Pat watches over his herd on the African Plain, but he has to come up with a plan to make it rain when they are suffering through a time of drought. This folktale is great for building fluency because it uses rhyme and repetition to tell the story. It is a great story to use for teaching sequencing/order of events or cause and effect. My 3rd graders enjoyed it, and were able to do things with it like performing it like a rap, drawing comic strips that showed the sequence of events, etc.
Ths story of Kipat is told as a repetitive poem, the images of the vast savananah and the magical world of a shepherd boy illustrated with spare, vibrant lines and colors and a pulsing rhythm. This was the favorite bedtime story of both my sons for years, although it occasionally puts the reader to sleep before the story's end! Lovely, enchanting and the perfect way to end the day with a young child.
We really enjoy this book alot. We read it so much that we can remember it without looking at the book. The book is about a BIG black cloud all heavy with rain and all the animals are hungry and dry. Plus they needed the rain from the cloud. So animals can eat and drink.
this book is REALLY GOOD!!! It went through my older sister, me, and then my younger brother. It was all of our favorite book. it's good for teaching rhythm and rhyming. I still love this book. Even 12 years later!