From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1ATwo children who live on a tropical island greet the objects and routines they encounter during the course of a typical day. With gentle humor, the verses, inspired by African praise songs, celebrate the commonplace world, from the morning sun to breakfast ("Greetings, toast./Greetings, jelly./Greetings, butter./Greetings, belly") to school, and back home for the family's evening routine. The simple, graphic images, painted in bright, contrasting colors, are filled with motion and energy. Saint James's faceless characters are so vivid that readers almost see their features. Scenes of the beach, classroom, and home provide a flash of local color and are perfectly suited to the text in both mood and complexity. Though this versatile book would make a lovely bedtime story, it would also be effective as a group read-aloud. Eye-catching illustrations and a cleverly repetitious text will appeal to preschool children and invite kindergartners to chime in on a second reading. Beginning readers will also enjoy the story. Gentle as an ocean breeze, this understated book will find a wide audience.ATana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
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Ages 2^-7. A pair of black children, a boy and a girl, joyfully greet everything that catches their eye as they go through their day: "Greetings, toast. Greetings, jelly. Greetings, butter. Greetings, belly." This celebration of the ordinary may be set on a beautiful Caribbean island, but most of the sights the children greet can be seen in any neighborhood: bees, ants, trees, the school door, and by day's end, the moon. Saint James' illustrations, in her signature style, show a boldly colorful world with a minimum of detail and are perfect for using with young children, as they will encourage them to find joy in simple pleasures. Susan Dove Lempke