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When the Rains Come
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Publication Date
06 September 2012
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Birlinn Limited

When the Rains Come

Illustrated by Malika Favre


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When The Rains Come tells the story of three children who must be looked after by their grandmother, while embedding within that real life story, a folk tale from Malawi. The folk tale was told to Tom Pow as he was being driven to one of the villages where the MUMs charity (Malawi Underprivileged Mothers) is involved. Everyone involved in the book determined that, while showing the work of MUMs, When The Rains Come would also be full of joy – dancing, love, stories, colour, laughter – for that too is Malawi. This is a lively story for children that highlights some of the challenges facing Malawi and how they are being met, simultaneously drawing on the folk tales of the country. It will be a response from the writer and illustrator to the situation in Malawi with the aim of raising money for MUMs’ work and raising awareness among children and adults everywhere.

See some pages from When the Rains Come here ...

Hear Tom and Lind McDonald, founder of the MUMs charity, talking about the book here:

If you're a  teacher you can find some very helpful teaching reasource around When the Rains Come on the Scottish Book Trust web site. Click here.

Tom Pow is an award-winning author of both children’s and adults’ books. His picture book Who is the World For? began in Africa and Transfusion, his poem sequence about Ali and Mandela, was partly based on a journey from Nairobi to Cape Town, passing through Malawi.

Malika Favre is a French illustrator/Art director based in London. She grew up in Paris where she studied graphic design before moving to London to pursue illustration. She joined Airside in 2006, a highly acclaimed multidisciplinary design studio. While at Airside, Malika developed a portfolio of self initiated work which led to collaborations with numerous high profile magazines and clients including Wallpaper and The Sunday Times. Having left Airside in 2011 Malika is now established as an independent illustrator and has worked on a variety of projects spanning editorial, advertising and publishing.

The MUMs Charity was set up by Edinburgh midwife Linda McDonald to provide safe and sanitary conditions for mothers in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, to have their babies.

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