Hooray for the weekend, and hooray for Perfect Picture Book Friday, sponsored by Susanna Leonard Hill!
Retold by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
Puffin Books 1981
Suitable for ages 5+
Themes: Africa, animals, crops, drought, rain
“This is the great Kapiti Plain,
All fresh and green from the African rains-
A sea of grass for the birds to nest in,
And patches of shade for wild creatures to rest in…”
Ki-Pat watches the lush green plains turn brown. His cattle grow hungry. A drought has struck the Kapiti Plain. A large gray cloud filled with rain hovers over the plain. Ki-Pat makes a bow from an eagle’s feather, a leather thong, and a slender stick. He shoots the cloud with an arrow and the rains comes down with “thunder LOUD!”
Why I like this book: This book is a favorite among my teachers. The story unfolds like the nursery rhyme This is the House that Jack Built. A new line is added to each two page spread and the story builds until the rains fall. If you read this story out loud, don’t be surprised if your audience begins to chant the lines with you!