Tiny Tot Review: Bringing the Rain to the Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

Tiny Tot Reviews

Tiny Tot Reviews is a way for me to showcase some of the many children’s books that I read during my down time at the bookstore.

KapitiSource: Bookstore stock
Publisher: Puffin Books
Series: –
Edition: Paperback, 32 Pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble *
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A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.”

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is a quick rhyming style book that retells the Kenyan story of the Kapiti Plain in the style of The House That Jack Built.

I’m pretty sure I read this as a kid or at least had it read to me at some point, but I’m such a sucker for brilliant artwork that I decided to read it again. The story itself is told in rhyme and repetition, as each page adds a verse and then goes through the previous verses again. The House That Jack Built is one of those stories that a lot of people go to when trying to help their children catch on to the idea of reading by themselves, and I see no reason why this wouldn’t be one as well. It would also be a great addition to a starter poetry collection. It’s a bit higher of a level but the I think the different setting and images would make this one a hit.

The artwork by Beatriz Vidal is fantastic! I love the use of the white outline around the individual elements in the story,which is something I don’t see often and it really makes the colors stand out even more.


This book is a must for those avid little readers! It’s a great little intro book to both poetry and a new culture/place, and it’s beautifully illustrated stepping stone into more complex words and independent reading time.

4 stars

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