All I want from Christmas is rain by Cori Brooke and Megan Forward
‘Hello, Santa,’ I said, ‘My name is Jane.
I live in a farm. My wish is for rain.
Our dams are dry and our pastures are brown.
This big lack of rain has got us all down.'
Christmas is coming up and while other young boys and girls are thinking of the fabulous presents that Santa may bring them, all Jane wants from Santa is rain. She lives on a farm and they have suffered a drought. They cannot grow crops and the cattle need water. She sees her father sad and stressed because of the lack of rain. She may be young but she knows what is the most important thing for her and her family.
When you read this book, look at the colours used by the illustrator - reds and browns and ochres to give the feel of a hot, dry land.
When the rain comes the joy on their faces is priceless:
"It's better than presents under the tree
The rain meant more to my family and me"
What is drought?: Drought, put simply, happens when there is a long period of no rain. As one of the driest inhabited continents, Australia regularly experiences droughts. Farmers, in particular, suffer greatly as crops fail, livestock die and the soil is damaged. Famers may have to sell up their farm and move to the city to find work. Drought also affects the people in the city as there is less food grown and the price of the food available go up and we must spend more. So in wishing for rain, Jane was giving us all a present! Watch the video on the left about the importance of rain.
The indigenous population of Australia lived here for 60,000 years before European settlement. They incorporated the land and the weather into their culture through stories and tools. On the right is a
Dreamtime story of drought and rain
Indigenous Australians – along with other ancient cultures, including Peruvian, Mexican, Chilean, African and Aztec – have used rain sticks for thousands of years in an attempt to induce storm activity and rain across their lands. Rain sticks are very easy to make and you can decorate the outside or yours with an indigenous Australian pattern. Watch this video to see how to make your rainstick