It's raining! The rain falls down on a valley, and forms into a stream that flows to a withered plain. On the plain, the large elephant, the fierce lion, the hippopotamus family, and the big herd of wildebeests all rush in to drink. The slow little tortoise just arrives for the final sip, but the tadpole waited a very long time for its turn. They can only decide by a game. Rock, paper, scissors…who gets the last sip in the end?
The 2nd Picture Book Award Winning Books
- Author：Tom Liu
- Illustrator：Tom Liu
- Publisher：Global Kids
- Age Range：3-12
- Publication Date：11–2010
This picture book shows the relationship between rain and animal survival. The story begins from the title page where the dark clouds gradually cover the sun, and then it rains. The abundant rainfall becomes the source of the river, and nourishes the lushly green valley. Water flows onto the plateau and forms a pond where animals take turns drinking water. From large, ferocious animals to a herd of wildebeests, then to smaller animals, and finally to the slow tortoise. Now there is hardly any water, and the tadpole's “homeland” is endangered. At this moment of “survival,” the author out of a whim makes the animals decide the order of drinking by finger-guessing. It builds the climax and fun, and makes nature solve its own problem in the end. The river stretches in the transverse spreads. The landscape and animals are simplified into flat, brightly-colored geometrical patterns. The dotted lines indicate the direction where actions proceed. The carefully-designed image and figures are presented with momentum and playful fun at the same time. It is a pity that some of the animal figures are not clear and hard to identify. Most of the spreads are presented in panorama, but at the plot-turning part the tortoise and the tadpole are suddenly zoomed right in front. The exaggerated tension and the shift of story from the general laws of nature to the rules of children's games need to be thought over. Nevertheless, in general it still is an excellent work.
Song Pei (Part-time Instructor of Chung Yuan Christian University and National Taipei University of Education in Taiwan; professional in Art History, Art Appreciation and Analysis of Children's Picture Books)
Born in Taipei in 1966, Tang Muniu grew up in Juancun. After graduating from the sculpture faculty of the National Taiwan University of Arts, he has always worked in the creative arts. At present he is living a simple and tidy life, and is particularly interested in composition with simplistic shapes. Major works include The Crocodile Who Loves to Eat His Greens《愛吃青菜的鱷魚》（Hsin-Yi）, Tom's Costume Shop《湯姆的服裝店》（Hsin-Yi）, The Little Garden《小公園》, The Toy Book《玩具書》（Hsin-Yi）, Doesn't Matter If It Looks Alike 《像不像沒關係》（gkids）and more. Tang's work has received a commendation award from the Hsin-Yi Children Literature Awards: “Let's Read Good Books Together”（好書大家讀）won the Annual Best Children's Book Award, as well as winning best illustration for children and young persons'books at the Gold Tripod Awards. Tang was nominated for the 1st Feng Zikai Book Award, and was repeatedly chosen for the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy. His works have also been selected as the recommended illustrated book in the Taiwan Pavilion of the Frankfurt Book Fair.