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Book review –The Rain School by James Rumford

Award-winning author and illustrator James Rumford connects you to the real Africa with The Rain School, one he has loved and experienced. This beautiful book was recommended by one of the awesome members at MulticulturalKidsBlog and its worth every minute.

                                             Rain School is a beautifully illustrated book that brings the rustic beauty of Chad, Africa alive.

Title: Rain School
Author: James Rumford
Illustrator: James Rumford
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Review: Rain School is a beautifully illustrated book that brings the rustic beauty of Chad, Africa alive. It narrates the story of an eager Thomas, who follows the older children to school, hoping to get a notebook, pencils and some lessons. But when he arrives at the schoolyard, he finds the school building missing. However, there is a teacher and hope. “We will build our school,” she says. “This is the first lesson.”

In Rain School, through Thomas we experience the pain and joy of millions of kids who long for education. As is summed up by the author himself –' Come September, school will start over. Thomas will be a big brother then, leading the children on their first day to school. They will all stand in front of their smiling teachers, ready to build their school again.'

What my twins learnt and loved: The twins Aaditia & Ishani love Rain School’s cover image – of kids holding books and running in the rain. Getting a peak into a school in the far away land of Africa, was another lovely learning. They also observed the similarities and differences in Indian and African cultures – like dresses, hair styles and schools. And yes, we have discussed how education is really important, as is hope.

Also by James Rumford:

Calabash Cat
Mango Rain

We are constantly discovering and falling in love with new books, stories and characters. And we would love to share these with you. Please write to us, if there is a book you would like to introduce us too. Meanwhile we recommend Cake Test, 5 beautiful Hindi books and The Secret River

Comments (6)

Meena Posted on Jan 31, 2018

What a beautiful recommendation. Yes some lessons are worth a million


Snigdha Prusti Posted on Jan 19, 2018

It seems like a very interesting book for kids. Even I would love to read it.


Papri Ganguly Posted on Jan 18, 2018

Seems like a good book for kids


Priyanka Patwari Posted on Jan 17, 2018

It\'s sounds good and interesting for kids too.. will definitely want to read it


Nisha Malik Posted on Jan 17, 2018

My son really likes to read. And I think he would live to read it. Thanks for sharing.


Jhilmil Posted on Jan 17, 2018

Looks an interesting book for kids, well it sounded interesting to me as well since it has laid emphasis on education and also one can visualise the culture in Africa!


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