Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain (Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (Reading Rainbow Book))

by Verna Aardema

Paperback, 2010



Call number




Picture Puffins (2010), 32 pages


A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.

User reviews

LibraryThing member mshuster
modeled after "This is the House that Jack Built"
Kenya, Africa
LibraryThing member mcprice
This is a good book to read to students when explaining rhyming and for a picture book. The book tells of a drought and how a little boy tried to reverse it. Students would also enjoy it because it surrounds a different culture.
LibraryThing member IEliasson
In Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Verna Aardema retells in rhyme a cumulative tale of the Nandi tribe of Kenya. The protagonist is a herdsman called Ki-pat who tends his cattle during a drought on the grass plains. An eagle flys overhead dropping a feather that Ki-pat uses to make an arrow .He
Show More
shoots the arrow into the clouds, loosening the thunder and the rain to end the drought of the Kapiti plain. The narration’s repetition and the rhythm foreshadows the patter of the rain showers at the tale’s climax. Beatriz Vidal’s gouache paintings evoke the patterns and colors of Kenyan kangas and illustrate the Kapiti plain populated by the flora and fauna of Kenyan savanna. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is a great choice for an enjoyable story-hour read aloud.
Show Less
LibraryThing member GayWard
Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.
LibraryThing member caitlinbennison
In this classic African folktale, young boy needs to save his animals on an African plain, and he devises a plan to bring the rains back to his land.
LibraryThing member TirzahB

Bring the rain to Kipiti plain Is a traditional children s' literature book About a boy who lived on an African plain, whose job was to tend to the watch his herd of cow. One year they experienced a terrible drought, caused by a big black rain cloud that would not produce rain. kapitai
Show More
plain got really dry because it had no rain, one day a big black cloud appeared over kapiti plain and the cloud was full of rain, kapiti found a feather from an egal and made a bow and arrow to shoot the cloud to end the drought.

Personal reaction:

I love this book I have always love this book since i was a child. Reading this book again brought back good memory's of my child hood. it is a great traditional children book.

Classroom Extension:

1. I can talk to the children about how clouds are formed.

2. I will have the children plant grass, and show them the importance of rain to the earth, after we water the grass and make it nice and green we will stop watering it to see the effects that not having water has earth.

3. I will the children draw pictures of dry land and then draw a picture of land that is not dry with water to see if they under stand the concept of the effects no water has on land
Show Less
LibraryThing member McKennaMiller
I don't really like nursery rhymes very much, however, this is a pretty good one. I prefer the author's other book "why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears" a lot more. I think the illustrations are amazing and this was her first book. I also like how the story deviates from the pattern a little so
Show More
that it is not too repetitive.
Show Less
LibraryThing member andestac
This book tells the story of how the animals of the Kapiti Plain are in need of water and how they end up receiving it from a man named Ki- pat. I liked this book because I felt it was refershing to read a traditonal folk tale. The illustrator carefully crafted the pictures creating an almost
Show More
mirror image across the pages. I also think the illustrator does a great job of showing the weariness and the need for water the animals feel. This book is not only great for its pictures, but I feel that it could be a good mentor text for a couple of reasons. I think this story could be used to discuss the use of rhyming as a stylistic craft. I could also see this being used in a unit study on traditional folk tales from various cultures.
Show Less
LibraryThing member ChelseaRenee
This is a children's book about a boy who watched over the animals but one year there was no rain and the animals became very thirsty until the boy saw a black cloud in the sky so he used an arrow and shot down the cloud so it would rain again and the animals would have water

Show More
This is a cute book and tells children that even things that seem small like water are very important

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. You could read this book to your class when talking about the weather and how water gets into the clouds and what causes rain.
2. You could show the children the difference between live and dead grass and show them why water is so important and maybe even have them plant something of their own and be responsible for watering it
Show Less
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
In this lovely rhyming picture book, based upon the folk traditions of the Nandi people of Kenya, a herdsman named Ki-pat finds a way to end the drought, and bring some much-needed rain to Kapiti Plain. Originally collected by British anthropologist Sir Claud Hollis, and included in his 1909 book
Show More
The Nandi: Their Language and Folklore, 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.

I enjoyed Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain immensely, and had such fun with the rhyming narrative, that I began to read it aloud to myself. I can see why it was selected to be a Reading Rainbow book! Beatriz Vidal's beautiful illustrations provide a charming accompaniment to the story, which would make an ideal story-hour selection.
Show Less
LibraryThing member ramber1
This book told the tale of what a shepard needed to do in order to bring the bring to the Kapiti Plain. The illustrations in the story were really colorful and inviting which really went well with the story that it was telling. Shooting an arrow into the clouds to get rain is not something that
Show More
many children can imagine or picture so having a great illustration to go along with it really helped the story. The text however were not really helpful to me. It repeated lines of the story which is not always bad but in this story I felt that it made it too long and seemed to run on a little bit. It was a really interesting storyline but the way it was told in this book I did not really like. Overall, I thought it was a great story and a good tale to share with children about why we need rain even though it was a little long.
Show Less
LibraryThing member MrsLee
Beautiful illustrations, a lovely rhythm styled on "The House that Jack Built." This makes a wonderful addition to a read aloud library.
LibraryThing member ChristaSparks
Summary of Book- This book called Bringing The Rain To Kapiti Plain, by Verna Aardema is an African tale. Kapiti Plain did not receive any rain. The cows mooed at the great heavy cloud and a feather fell near Ki-pat who was watching the herd. He made and arrow from the feather This is an African
Show More
tale. The rains did not come to Kapiti Plain. As the cows mooed at the great heavy cloud a feather fell near Ki-pat who was watching the herd. He made and arrow from the feather that had fallen and shot the cloud and the rain began to fall. Now the grass is green again and Ki-pat has a wife and a little Ki-pat.
Personal Reaction to book- This is a very cute book. The art in this book was phenomenal and reminded me of what African Art really does look like.
Extension Ideas-
1. The children will write a story about what they think would have happened if Kapiti would not have loosened the rain.
2. The children will illustrate one of their favorite pictures from the book.
Show Less
LibraryThing member LindseyJohnson
Lindsey Johnson

Book # 8


Book Summary: This is an African tale. The rains did not come to Kapiti Plain. As the cows mooed at the great heavy cloud a feather fell near Ki-pat who was watching the herd. He made and arrow from the feather and shot the cloud and loosened the rain. Now
Show More
the grass is green again and Ki-pat has a wife and a little Ki-pat.

Personal Reaction: This is a very cute book. The drawings are wonderful, what I think of when I think of African art.

Extension Activities:
1. Write a prequel, about what happened in Kapiti Plain before the rains stopped coming.
2. Draw a picture from the story, drawing like the illustrator of the book did.
Show Less
LibraryThing member kaitanya64
This book had interesting illustrations and the type of cumulative story that appeals to many children. It's not a particularly accurate book in terms of its information, mispelling the main character's name and placing him in a part of the country where such a name would never occur. But kids like
Show More
the rhyming and repetition and the illustrations give opportunities to discuss the environment and culture portrayed.
Show Less
LibraryThing member LarisaAWhite
An African herder works his magic to end a devastating drought on Kapiti Plain. Told as a story-poem, great fun to read aloud with kids, and to try to memorize.
LibraryThing member Whisper1
A lovely book in rhyming fashion which addresses the issue of parched dry earth wherein there is no water for animals to drink, then as the words progress, the rain falls and the wild animals on the plains of Kapiti have plenty to drink.

It is a lovely tale of need addresses by nature. Quoting from
Show More
the author -- "This is Ki-Pat who watched his herd as he stood on one leg like the big stork bird. Ki-Pat whose cos were so hungry and dry, they mooed for the rain to fall from the sky."

The story progresses when Ki-Pat finds an eagle feather from the sky. Putting together a string, a leather thong which became his bow to use the feather to shot the bow that pierced the rain cloud and the thunder LOUD!

Ki-Pat has a wife, and as the grass grew green, they was a little baby Ki-Pat.
Show Less


Original publication date



0142410799 / 9780142410790
Page: 0.288 seconds