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A collection of poems which evoke the Caribbean, its people, and its landscapes
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Book Description Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1990. Condition: Good. Binch, Caroline (illustrator). . Good dust jacket. Owner's name on endpage. Slightly dampstained. Seller Inventory # E13I-01218
Book Description J. B. Lippincott, New York, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Binch, Caroline (illustrator). First Edition. Marfree, acidfree 1st US Ed; not written-in, underlined, reprint/club, remainder or ex-library. NrFine/x No DJ. Foil green iguana on f pale blue paperboards + titles on 1/4 cloth beige spine. Loden green endpapers. Mail SAMEDAY! From School Library Jour: Gr 3-5-- Nichols paints a portrait of a Caribbean childhood with these brief, simple poems about the pleasures of a "sweet rainwashed/ sunripe mango, " the parakeets that "wheel/ screech/ scream/ in a flash of green/ among the forest trees, " and the alligator--"She's a-big. She's a-mean. She's a-wild"--living at the "muddy slushy end/ of the old Caroony River. " Although many of the poems deal with universal experiences--trying to get to sleep after listening to ghost stories or a girl's quiet contentment as Granny combs her hair--the frequent use of rhythmic nonstandard English establishes a lyrical sense of place: "Me mudder pound plantain mek fufu/ Me mudder catch crab mek calaloo stew." In expertly shaded pencil drawings, Binch creates a set of realistic, expressive adults and children who are working, playing, and resting amidst farm animals and shanties in a lush tropical landscape. An inviting mix of the exotic and the familiar--John Peters, New York Public Lib. ; 48 pages; From Margery Fisher - Growing Point: Idiomatic, rich in rhythms, reflecting the atmosphere of Caribbean leisure and fun, the poems sound out a child's voice--perceptive, shrewd and at times confessional. Vital, smooth grey and black pictures embellish a stirring collection. Seller Inventory # 7382