Title: Lila and the Secret of Rain
Author: David Conway
Illustrator: Jude Daly
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Year: 2008 (in USA)
Concepts: natural resources, scarcity
Review: Lila lives in a Kenyan village that has seen no rain in several months. The crops are withering, the cattle are suffering, and the heat is so unbearable the villagers cannot do their regular work. When Lila overhears mama saying that the well has dried up, her worries grow. In desperation, she seeks her grandfather's wisdom about the secret of rain and then leaves her village to try and accomplish the impossible.
With its vivid text and lovely illustrations, Lila and the Secret of Rain tells a powerful story about the value of water and the indispensable role that it plays in sustaining our livelihoods. Teachers and parents will appreciate this book as a helpful tool for teaching children about natural resources in an African context.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children