Written and Illustrated by James Rumford
Can you imagine going to school and your first task is making the building you will have your classes in? This short but powerful book was written based on experiences that author, James Rumford, and his wife had while teaching school in the country of Chad in Africa. Rumford had seen many makeshift schools set up during the dry season and then washed away completely when the rainy season came. The next year, the school would have to be built again from the ground up.
In “Rain School” readers get to see the school year through the eyes of a young scholar named Thomas who has his first year at just such a “rain school”. What is his first year of studies like? He asks his brothers and sisters so many questions. Will there be paper, pencils? A desk? Will he learn to read like his older friends and relatives? The story of how Thomas helps to build the walls, the roof and mud desks sets the stage for the many things his dedicated and enthusiastic teacher shares with him and his class. And the best part of this story? The following year, when Thomas is an older student, he is able to help the younger ones do the very things that he learned the previous year.
This is a wonderful book for sharing how schools and schooling are different from country to country, around the world.
It is the first day of school in Chad, Africa. Children are filling the road.