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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema takes place on a plain in Africa where animals eat and people live. Along the way, he meets several animals who help him on his quest, including a wise old baboon and a group of playful gazelles. It seemed logical that after learning about Vikings, Africa could be of interest and should be known about. The illustrations are evocative of African artwork, and unlike many children's books that tell folktales, this one omits the near-obligatory animism and spiritism that permeates tribal cultures. Do young readers ever ask if a causal relationship between the feather dropping and the drought ending has been satisfactorily established?

There were so many aspects of the book that I enjoyed it's hard to pick a favorite, but I think I really loved most the building rhyme. Not inherently gripping, but the cumulative structure and rhythm of the text makes the simple chain of events far more compelling than they would be otherwise.

A traditional tale filled with rhymes and repetitive texts which portrayed the Kapiti plain beautifully. The story is in the form of poetry and the repetition throughout lends it vey well to music and drama. Other Classroom Uses: This book could be used in conjunction with a lesson or unit on the basic needs of all living things. I read it to her that night, three times, and she kept requesting it every single night for about four months, she was three, and I was tired. Luke I am your father, and Simba you are the one true king, and THIS IS CNN celebrating a decade of growth.

Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.This is a fun, rhythmic tale that uses cumulative wording similar to the story, "The House that Jack Built. Use this wonderful sensory story for Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain lesson plan to teach your KS1 children. As well as a book to be shared and read for pleasure, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti would be an excellent introduction to different cultures and provide an opportunity for the exploration of geographical concepts in the classroom, particularly for readers in the infant years.

This teaching sequence focuses primarily on the key skills of reading aloud with expression and fluency, inferring meaning from what is stated and implied, and being able to retrieve key information from the text whilst also drawing in other skills relevant to the reading aspect of the national curriculum. When I asked her what she was talking about, she again answered "I couldn't read the words, they looked weird. This is good for children who grew up in a wealthy industrialized society where clean water is available at the turn of the tap. The illustrations are fabulous, very evocative of place and emotion; the cows with their tongues lulling out from thirst always creeped me out as a kid, but in a delicious sort of way since I knew the happy ending to come. Verna Aardema was an award-winning American author who published retellings of many African traditional tales.The pictures show a bit about the way of life of the Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania including the traditional red clothing that helps identify the men as Maasai and the elaborately and colorful beaded collars. Originally collected by British anthropologist Sir Claud Hollis, and included in his 1909 book The Nandi: Their Language and Folk-Lore, the tale has been modernized by Verna Aardema, whose many excellent adaptations of African folklore include the Caldecott Medal-winner, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Retold by Aardema, this Nandi tale celebrates sound and noise as well as the animal life and landscape of the East African plains.

Bringing reading for pleasure to the forefront of children's educational experience is something I am really passionate about!Her picture-book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, won co-illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon a Caldecott Medal. So the verses were less structured than, say a sonnet, but still they were quite consistent in their rhythms. Early Reading teaching is embedded throughout and suggestions for Continuous Provision are also made.

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