We often talk about the story in its rough form with a group of children to see what they think, and what the story might mean to them. With 'Sun, Moon, Rain and Wind' it was Khothatso's story idea and we asked the children about it. Our children live very close to the earth here, in more ways than one, and his story really resonated with them. (The story is about Sun, Moon, Rain and Wind having an argument about who does the most for the earth. They have a meeting to settle the question, and eventually come up with the interesting solution to share the day between them).
In our books, we always put a question and/or activity at the back to try to provoke in the child some thoughts about what s/he has just read, and encourage a real engagement with the book and its central idea. So this book asks children at the end: 'We need the earth so that we can live. She gives us food and shelter, animals and plants. In return, we can all do something to help our earth. What will you do to help the earth?' The child is invited to write or draw a response. We hope that this will get those little magical little grey cells hopping.