Lila and the Secret of Rain

By David Conway
Illustrated by Jude Daly
Published by Frances Lincoln


Price £7.99
Publisher Frances Lincoln

There has been no rain in Lila’s Kenyan village for many weeks and “Without water there can be no life”, her mother says. Lila’s grandfather reveals to her the secret of rain and she climbs the mountain to tell the sky the saddest thing she knows. Will the sky listen to her plea? Beautiful language – ‘the sky was ebony with emotion’ – accompanies delicate illustrations that convey the sparseness of life and landscape.