In the Rainfield by Isaac Olaleye

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Angry Wind, boastful Fire, and mild Rain hold a contest to determine who is the greatest. In a satisfying ending, real power is found not in anger or violence, but in calm and gentle behavior.

About Isaac Olaleye

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Olaleye left his native Nigeria more than 20 years ago.
Published February 1, 2000 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books.

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A Nigerian folktale becomes especially appealing through Olaleye’s onomatopoetic wordplay and Grifalconi’s clever use of marbling to convey the essence of the elements—wind, fire, and rain.

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Wind howls, Fire rages, but Rain wins, vanquishing her rivals with a downpour that demonstrates her credo, ""The greatest must be the gentlest."" Olaleye's (Bitter Bananas) prose is sleek and limber, and peppered with African words and phrases (""Village children huffed and puffed, kia kia, kata-...

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