Monday, November 30, 2015
Rain by Manya Stojic (Pavilion Children's Books)
It sometimes feels like it's been raining forever (we love rain but folk here do love a good moan about the good old British weather) but in some parts of the world, rain signals something very special indeed.
Out on the African plains, a group of animals anticipate the coming monsoon season. The very first animal to notice the signs is a great big porcupine who can smell the rain in the air. He can't wait to share his forecast with other animals, passing on to Zebra who sees the distant forks of lightning, Baboon who can hear the crack of thunder, and Rhino who feels the first drops of rain on his parched skin.
Soon the downpour begins, and Lion finally tastes the rain for himself, as it fills all the pools and brings verdant life back to the cracked red soil.
Manya's amazing story not only describes the fabulous animals that live in this amazingly diverse habitat, but also teaches children about the five senses and of course of the importance of water in less temperate climates.
It's gorgeously illustrated throughout, lyrical and a genuine pleasure to read aloud.
Charlotte's favourite bit: Zebra dashing around at the first sights of lightning.
Daddy's favourite bit: A neat and original book that covers the senses, the weather and the animal kingdom in such a fantastic way for tinies to enjoy. Beautiful!
(Kindly sent to us for review by Pavilion Children's Books)
Written and Illustrated by Manya Stojic
Published by Pavilion Children's Books
Publication Date: 12th November 2015