1994 Notable Children's Book/Language Arts/National Council Teachers USA
1994 Américas Children's & Young Adult Literature Award - Commended
From Publishers Weekly
Original poems and paintings in a primitive style "unlock the simple beauties of a radiant world," said PW. Ages 7-10.
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From School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Fifteen poems evoke sights and sounds of the Caribbean. A little girl polishes her shoes with hibiscus leaves, women wash clothes in a stream, a teacher takes her class outdoors and teaches under a breadfruit tree. Gunning's language captures the lilting cadences of island speech. ``Sweet mangoes off me tree,'' says a roadside peddlar. ``Nice ripe tangerines, Man,/ Yellow like the sun.'' Although the short, unrhymed lines do not center around a single character, a strong sense of family emerges. Lessac's flat, primitive-style pictures glow with color, and brim with action. Grand Market Street on Christmas Eve, Maas Charles in his corner store, a tropical hurricane that carries housetops and animals away, all of these scenes come to vivid life. It is unfortunate that there is no glossary. (What in the world are guineps?) This volume recalls both Grace Nichols's Come on into My Tropical Garden, set in Guyana (Lippincott, 1990) and Lynn Joseph's A Coconut Kind of Day (Lothrop, 1990), set in Trinidad.-Ellen D. Warwick, Winchester Public Library, MA
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
A collage of colors in a holiday parade...roadside peddlers selling fragrant tangerines and sweet mangoes ripe off the trees ...lazy picnics by the sea...gathering velvet leaves for soap to wash dishes...Saturday mornings at the market in Kingston Town...the fury of tropical hurricanes. Travel to the islands through the eyes of children and share the gorgeous full-color paintings in this original collection of poems vividly portraying one child's life in the Caribbean. NCTE Notable Children's Book.