Rain Dance (Paperback)
Rosemary Aswani's book, Rain Dance, tells the story of a young girl in Kenya and her perceptions of and relationship with the rain - its moods, its sounds, its rhythmic nature. Through the eyes of a child, we see how the music of the rain can be both comforting and joyful. Colourful, woodcut illustrations by talented artist, Elizabeth Webb complete this fine work. With vocabulary suitable for an older child, this delightful little book is sure to please. Richard Patz, Teacher Rain Dance is a beautifully illustrated fireside story from Kenya. A realistic thunderstorm experience for the reader Suggestions for classroom use/Curriculum: 'Literacy' - Reading Comprehension Strategy of 'Visualizing' (descriptions paint a picture for the reader) - 'Character Builds' trait: Courage (overcoming fears, bravery) 'The Arts' - Music: creating a soundscape of the thunderstorm - Drama: creating tableaux of 4-5 key events in the story - Dance: movements to represent various parts in the story...Create a 'Rain Dance' Social Studies - Study storytelling traditions from around the world (discuss storytelling similarities to folktales and fairy tales in Canada) - Rewrite a story you remember hearing from your childhood (especially at Hess as most students come from different countries/cultures) Recommended Grade Levels: This book would be fantastic for Grade 2, especially because Grade 2 studies 'Traditions Around the World' (storytelling). However, it would be appropriate for all Primary grades (K-3). Amy Onat, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Hess Street School, Grade 2.