© Charles Wagner Norris-Brown and C.W. Norris-Brown, Writer-Illustrator, 2016.
Hardcover. 8 x 10 $17.95
34 pages with color illustrations by the author.
In a Tharu village in the Nepal terai, it has been uncommonly hot and dry. One day, a tigress comes to the village. People run away in fear. The villagers think that it is a bad omen and that the tiger has taken the rain.
Best friends Usha and Anjali decide to ask Tiger herself why she had taken the rain. They set out across the river to the jungle. Entering the forest, they meet Jackal who wants to know why they are there. They tell him that they have come to ask Tiger why she took the rain. Jackal asks the girls to follow him and he will help them find out where the rain went.
Thus they start on an adventure from Jackal to being swept into the treetops by monkeys who continue to tell the story of the rain. The forest helps makes clouds. Rain comes from clouds, and when the forests disappear, so will the rain. Did Tiger take the rain?
Monkey gives the girls the seeds they need to replenish the forest. They return to the village, plant the seeds, and watch a new forest grow. Rain returns. Jackal, Monkey and Tiger turn to go back into the forest and the children realize that when the sun shines, it shines on us all, humans and tigers alike. When it rains, we share the same rain.
Did Tiger Take the Rain? was published as a first edition hard cover by Green Writers Press in Brattleboro, VT, 2016. To them, and to the many people who read, commented, suggested, supported, and believed, I am indebted.
Where is Tiger now?
Lea Bishop-Shaver (see Links) has written about what she calls “book hunger” or the lack of access to reading material available to poorer children worldwide — possibly up to a billion children. Her book describes several different solutions to “book hunger,” among which is the Indian publisher Pratham Books. Pratham’s approach is to make books available through what is generally referred to as “open source.”
Did Tiger Take the Rain? has been submitted to Pratham Books, and as part of Pratham Books, putting my book out there under the Creative Commons License means that it can be downloaded, copied, printed, distributed and even changed, by anyone. Tiger will share a community that will produce the book in a new format and make it available to children around the world who would otherwise not be able to afford it.
For those who want to read more about the travels and thoughts as well as how my book was put together see my blog entries for September 16, 2016; October 24, 2016, and April 8, 2017. I have also written a longer booklet Flying Kids, Talking Monkeys which details the process up close. It will be attached here in pdf format under a Creative Commons License.