All I want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooke and Megan Forward is an uplifting story about a young girl’s belief in Santa and the power of Christmas Spirit.
A family of farmers are about to celebrate Christmas but the farm is parched, the dams are dry and spirits are low. The watercolored illustrations by Megan Forward highlight the dryness of the country.
Jane, a strong and thoughtful young girl is an inspiration to any youngster who is yearning for more presents for Christmas. Jane encompasses the true meaning of Christmas when she travels into town on a ‘long shiny train’ and asks Santa for one thing – rain!
All I want for Christmas is Rain is a melodic read and the illustrations add to the emotions of the family over the Christmas period.
Children from the country will understand Jane’s position and children from the city will gain some insight into the harsh realities of farming life in Australia. Perhaps even gain more appreciation for the places our produce comes from.
All I Want for Christmas is Rainis a great new story from New frontier publishing would be an excellent addition to the Christmas gifts – alongside many local and handmade toys, tickets to shows and love rather than more plastic things.
How does this link in with sustainability?
- Precious water.
Review or learn about the water cycle. Link this knowledge of the water cycle to a rain map of Australia or the country you live in. Why do some areas lack rain? Look at the influence of mountain ranges, coastal living and the role major rivers play in the outback.
2. Where does our produce come from?
Using supermarket brochures, local farmers markets and and social enterprise networks; work out where they get their produce from. Is it sourced local? Interstate or from overseas?
3. How is different produce made and does it rely on water?
A great project could be delved into under this banner and interchanged with different produce. (Links with numeracy, geography and science)
Where is rice grown in Australia? Create a map of the rice growing areas.
How is rice grown? What is needed – create a timeline of rice growing .
How much water does it take to produce a bag of rice?
Is white rice a good crop to grow in some areas of Australia?
Is there a better alternative to this grain that may not rely on as much water?
Create a more sustainable way to grow rice or a better crop for our environment.
4. Christmas gifts
Write down a list of things you can give to others for Christmas that have less of an impact on the environment. This could be tickets to shows or places, handmade items.