When The Rain Comes

when-the-rain-comesMalini, who lives in a village in Sri Lanka, is in charge of the oxcart that carries the rice seedlings for the new rice crop. The sky grows dark and monsoon rains cause a flash flood. Malini is separated from the cart and her family. She summons strength she didn’t know she had and saves the rice. The free verse text provides a suspenseful slice of South Asian life. Paint and pencil impressionistic illustrations depict the rain’s ferocity. Back matter gives additional information about Sri Lanka, its geography, and the importance of rice to the culture. mjw
Title: When The Rain Comes
Author: Alma Fullerton
Illustrator
: Kim La Fave
Publisher
: Pajama Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-012-3
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Sri Lanka
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Asia, Autonomy, Farm and ranch life, Monsoons, Rain, Rice planting, Self-esteem, Self-reliance, Self-respect, Weather

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