Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plane

 

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we absolutely adore this book. the rhyme and reptition really make the retelling of this Nandi folktale of a man who ends the drought by shooting an eagle feather arrow into the clouds. the beauty of the narrative poem is enough to make this a oft read book. but, also I love how the reading of this book veers my girl and i off into discussions about weather, Kenya, biology and zoology etc.

My “j” Book


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look at at that fierce afro. this book delivered what it promised, a whole bunch of words that begin with j. however, before I could read the “jumbo the elephant” page, my girl yelled out a bit disgusted, “that’s an elephant and that does not start with a “j” and was a bit skeptical the rest of the book. but we read it to the end and she was a little mollified as they all loaded on to a jet plane.

Corduroy


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a little girl that saves her money  to give a home to an adventurous bear that is not quite perfect. we dig it. however, my girl somehow always feels that the story is incomplete because after closing the back cover on the book, she makes sure the story continues with her own fanciful tales of the adventures that Lisa and Corduroy have together. that’s a double win in my book.

Nobody Owns the Sky

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this is the story of “brave bessie” coleman, the first african american female pilot. we enjoyed both the illustrations and the story itself. to my 3.5 year old, there are few things better than rhyming words, except maybe repeated phrases that she can exclaim dramatically and loudly. at the book’s end, rest assured that our neighbors were well aware that “nobody owns the sky!”