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June 2019: Juvenile Fiction

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Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
By (author): Verna Aardema Illustrated by: Beatriz Vidal
9781529007541 Paperback, Trade English JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic Jun 11, 2019
$15.99 CAD
Active 8.29 x 10.43 x 0.17 in 32 pages Colour illustrations Pan Macmillan Macmillan Children's Books
A beautifully illustrated African tale of how Ki-pat, a herd boy, ended a dreadful drought. In this traditional tale, discovered in Kenya, a young herd boy Ki-pat must find a way to save the animals that live on the Kapiti Plain by ending a long and terrible drought. Authored by Verna Aardema, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is a delightful rhyming tale full of bright and vivid illustrations by Beatriz Vidal. The cumulative rhyme is a joy to read aloud and a wonderful way to engage young children.

Verna Aardema was born in New Era, Michigan, in 1911. A cedar swamp in the back of her house served as her inspiration and retreat as a young aspiring writer. She was inspired to write for children when she had to make up stories to get her baby daughter to eat. She wrote many African folktales because of her fascination with the infinitely diverse continent. Beatriz Vidal was born in Argentina and received her Bachelor of Arts from Cordoba University. Her illustrations have appeared on UNICEF cards as well as in many publications, including The New Yorker and New York Times. She has since illustrated many books, but Bringing Rain to the Kapiti Plain was her debut.

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