A collection of poems and proverbs by West Indian writers, including Evan Jones, Susan J. Wallace, and Edward Brathwaite, each complemented by the editor\'s colorful, folk-style paintings depicts life in the islands of the Caribbean.This enchanting book contains vibrant scenes from Montserrat, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts and many other Caribbean islands.
FFrom Publishers Weekly
Lessac ( My Little Island ) has paired 19 West Indian poems and proverbs with her strong, lyrical paintings to evoke Caribbean island life. Framed by lush tropical plants, a policeman rides his bicycle, while in Mr. T\'s barbershop, a man gets a trim, and is admonished to \"live in de cement house, and no worry de hurricane.\" In St. Kitts, \"with swinging hips and steady stride,\" market women \"bring baskets down, / To feed the hungry town.\" Rendered in a flat, primitive style, Lessac\'s cheerfully folksy portraits--of teeming tropical fish, a vivid pink church--are the book\'s focus. And while aptly invoking native cadences, the poems are a sometimes uneasy balance of colloquial voices and others, more studied, from the American poetic establishment. All ages. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-- Lessac\'s new title is as exquisite as her My Little Island (Lippincott, 1985). In this beautiful collection, she has compiled some wonderful poems by well-known West Indian poets such as Evan Jones, Susan J. Wallace, Edward Brathwaite, etc. She also includes some original West Indian proverbs, such as \"You live in de cement house, and no worry de hurricane.\" Each poem or proverb is matched with one of Lessac\'s bright, vivid paintings depicting life throughout the islands of the Caribbean. The combination of the two makes this book a real jewel. The text is descriptive of different aspects of West Indian culture; although the language used is in an English dialect, it is understandable. In addition, a few of the proverbs written in another dialect have been translated into English. The West Indies come alive in these pages through the extraordinary color contrasts in the paintings and the precise details of the West Indian landscape. This book, which will serve as a read-aloud or read-alone, will be a great addition to any library collection serving children. - Lucrece Louisdhon-Walter, Queens Borough Public Library Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc