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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – May 20, 1992

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About the Author

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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 1 edition (May 20, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140546163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140546163
  • ASIN: 0140546162
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I really love the book "Bringing The Rain to Kapiti Plain," by Verna Aardema. I have enjoyed it so much that I am planning to give it as a gift to my sister who has two young children, ages 4 and 7. This is a simple story about a cattle herdsman and his wish for rain on the African plain. The narrative structure of the story is based on a sequence of events that builds suspense and interest in children until the end of the story. This is a memorable story; it is very simple to understand and has a powerful musical quality that, as a young adult, I enjoy reading aloud. The rhymes and rhythms are so strong that all young children will be wide eyed with suspense and interest until the very end of the story. I particularly enjoyed one line where the author rhymes "fat" and "Ki-pat": "So the grass grew green/ And the cattle fat!/ And Ki-pat got a wife/ And a little Ki-pat-." This story is suitable for young children because its tone is happy. It deals with the relationship of humans with water, plants and animals. Scientifically, it is unconceivable, but 4- to 8-year-old children do not have to understand the facts of science. From this book, however, they will learn about the connection between humans and nature by enjoying the colored pictures. The pictures are so vibrant that it is easy to imagine the world of Ki-pat. As an adult, I enjoy this book because it describes the cycle of life in a very interesting way. Readers of all ages will see that human life is totally dependent upon nature, and the existence of human beings without nature is nearly impossible. Readers will also learn how the lives of humans and animals are dependent on rain; people and animals need each other and every part of nature for their perfect existence.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
The PBS show "Reading Rainbow" featured this book; James Earl Jones read it; I fell in love with it and have been giving it as a gift to friends ever since. The gentle story unfolds line by line, with a tender rhythm that entrances: "These are the cows, all hungry and dry, Who mooed for the rain to fall from the sky..." Ultimately Ki-pat, who's watching his herd, brings rain to Kapiti Plain by launching an arrow into the sky. But the charm is in the telling. My 11-year-old still obliges me and lets me read it to him every once in a while.
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I bought this book after having it recommended while taking a graduate level children's literature class. I was not disappointed! I grabbed this book to read aloud if I had extra time while substitute teaching for a kindergarten class. I thought the children would be more attracted to the rhyme and pattern of the words so imagine my surprise when the book sparked a lengthy discussion between 5 year olds about drought, Africa, animals, and culture! It prompted questions that I didn't even know they were capable of asking and had them making connections to weather in our own backyard and stories they heard on the news. This book is a reading, social studies, and science lesson in one!
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By A Customer on January 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was just looking for it today (unsuccessfully), even though I'm thirteen. I love looking back on all those picture/rhyme books, and this has to be one of my favorites. It's one of those books that is meant to be read aloud! The words roll off your tounge. The pictures are rather amusing, too.
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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain reinforces a skill so important in Reading-sequencing of events. Sequencing of events aids in comprehension, another important skill in Reading. This story is the most fun when you buy the tape with narration by James Earl Jones.
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This memorable story has a strong, musical quality that children and adults will enjoy hearing read out loud. The rhymes and rhythm are strong enough that the listener can anticipate the words and be a "reader" simply by listening to the music of this story. It also touches on the relationship between water, plants, animals and humans without being self-conciously scientific. This is a beautiful book that I've read out loud to a classoom of four year olds and a classoom of eight year olds - it engaged them all.
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The beautiful illustrations and repetitive, rhythmic language alone make this one a great read aloud in any classroom. At times, classes of mine have started to clap along with the story's cadence. The book tells the story of a cattle herdsman hoping for rain on the African Plain. In doing so, it speaks to life cycles and the interdependency of all living things. I have used this book to introduce not only life cycle lessons, but also to open up discussions on global warming and the consequences of drought. We've also discussed animal habitats. I've used this book in Social Studies as well. We've used the book to discuss the differences in cultures around the world as well as natural resources. It's a great read in the classroom and home!

Chris Bowen
Author of, "Our Kids: Building Relationships in the Classroom"
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This story was cute. If you are looking for something fun for a 6 or 7 year old to read that is interesting and multicultural, this story is a good choice. It is also a good book for reading comprehension, especially since the pictures represent the words very nicely.
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