BRINGING THE RAIN TO KAPITI PLAIN

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When a terrible drought hits the beautiful Kapiti Plain and the animals leave, young herd boy Ki-pat must find a way to end the drought and save the wildlife on the plain. "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain" by Verna Aardema is a delightful rhyming story full of bright and vivid illustrations by Beatriz Vidal.

BRINGING THE RAIN TO KAPITI PLAIN

Where might Kapiti Plain might be? What clues do you get from the front cover?

What happens because of the drought?

How does Ki-pat end the drought?

What happens after the rains come?

Think about the structure of the poem – do you know of any other poems, stories or songs that work in a similar way? What are the positives and negatives about this style of writing?

“Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain” is based on a Nandi story – a tribe based around Kenya. Investigate other stories from Africa, many of which have animals as main characters. Compare some of these tales to that of Aesop’s Fables - do you see any similarities or differences?

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