"Come down sweet rain," says Sam Mbure in the first poem of this collection of beautifully illustrated stories and poems. The writing is clear and simple, with a rhythmic cadence perfectly fitting the tales. The art changes with each new story and illustrator--even morphing delightfully within a single tale to reflect the progress of the text. And the whole is a wholly enticing, beautiful book, best enjoyed in color and easily read by a window where children can see their own great outdoors.
Samwell Ngoje's illustrations to Valerie Cuthbert's tale of magic are bright with a relentless sun and gripping in their depiction of hunger, a wizard's fierce authority and a young man's curiosity. Other images offer stylized patterns of bright color, nicely contrasting Phyllis Koinange and John Okello's whimsy and power in Kariuki Gakuo's Sun, Wind and Cloud. Meanwhile a ragged ostrich longs to belong while picture of animals leap from the page.
Beautiful tales and enticing art are the treasure of this short pleasing book, and kind hearts are the greater treasure offered in wise lessons learned. Part of the Worldreader Showcase of books from Africa, it's highly recommended.
Disclosure: I was offered a free ecopy by the publisher and I'm so glad I said yes.
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