Lila and the Secret of Rain

Lila and the Secret of Rain

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by David Conway, Jude Daly
     
 

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For months the sun has burned down on Lila's Kenyan village. It is too hot to gather firewood, too hot to weed the garden, even too hot to milk the cow. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers to her the secret of rain, she decides to go and talk to the sky herself. How Lila saves the village

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For months the sun has burned down on Lila's Kenyan village. It is too hot to gather firewood, too hot to weed the garden, even too hot to milk the cow. Without rain the well will run dry and the crops will fail. Lila is so worried that when her grandfather whispers to her the secret of rain, she decides to go and talk to the sky herself. How Lila saves the village by telling the sky the saddest thing she knows is told in David Conway's elegant and spare prose style, which is complemented perfectly by Jude Daly's beautiful and poignant illustrations.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- For weeks the burning sun has been beating down on a small village in Kenya. No one is gathering firewood and no one is milking the cows. The water well has dried up and the crops are perishing. One evening, Lila overhears her grandfather tell a story about a man who climbed to the top of a mountain and told the sky the saddest things he could think of. The sky began to cry and the much-needed rain fell. The next morning, she sets out to find a mountain and talk to the sky. The rain starts falling soon after she pours her heart out, and "each raindrop felt like one of her mama's kisses." Lila and her grandfather keep the secret of how it came to rain to themselves. This quiet story offers inspiration and hope. Readers will sigh with relief to see the rain and will cheer with the villagers as they celebrate. The illustrations are quite lovely. A huge orange sun in a brilliant blue sky dominates most pages. The prominence of the brown baked earth intensifies the unwanted result of the lack of rain. Villagers and animals alike are stick thin. This story will work well both as a read-aloud and for sharing one-on-one.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN

Kirkus Reviews
For weeks, the sun has beaten down on Lila's Kenyan village. To survive, all the people need is rain. One day, Lila's grandfather tells her an old story about a man who knew how to call the rain: "You must climb the highest mountain and tell the sky the saddest thing you know." The following morning, Lila sets out for the mountaintop, where she describes the saddest things she can, until finally she cries out that she doesn't know what to do. The well is dry, and how can the village live without water? The sky rumbles, and Lila runs home to find her village celebrating the falling rain. Daly's fine, precise acrylics present readers with an implacable yellow sun lowering over a sere landscape; Lila's slim, stylized form conveys a wealth of emotion. An author's note on the culture and on drought would have added considerably, but still, this is a beautifully illustrated tale that will easily serve as an introduction to the importance of water and a catalyst for discussion of water shortages in Africa. (Picture book. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847800350
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
613,573
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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