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Tap-Tap Paperback – September 18, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 18, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395720869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395720868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

As they did in Galimoto , Williams and Stock here bring a cultural tradition to life for young readers. The setting is Haiti, zestfully rendered in Stock's brightly hued watercolors. Sasifi carries a basket on her head for the first time as she walks to market with Mama. Tired and hot, the girl longingly watches a passing tap-tap--a covered, festively painted pickup truck carrying marketgoers and their goods. Announcing they do not have enough money to ride the tap-tap, Mama curtly says, "Perhaps you are not yet big enough to help me on market day." Sasifi proves otherwise, competently selling all of their oranges--and collecting the correct amount of money--while Mama goes off to do her marketing. Her reward is her very first "fine new hat"--and some coins to buy herself a treat. The spirited child passes up the tempting goodies of the bustling marketplace for a ride home in the tap-tap. Children (even those younger than the intended audience) will enjoy the rollicking ride almost as much as Sasifi herself--who learns to "tap-tap" on the truck's side when she wants it to stop. Ages 6-9.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4?Three of the most charming picture books to come along in recent years have been made available in book-on-tape format. All are of superior quality with strong narration. In Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell, the numbers one through ten are used to illustrate the story of a cheerful, extended family as they shop for and cook their dinner. Rain Player by David Wisniewski, the dramatic tale of Pik, who challenges the rain god to a game of pok-a-tok to save his drought-ridden village, comes to life with wonderfully intense narration. The best of the three new releases in this series is Tap Tap by Karen Lynn Williams, the story about a young Haitian girl who accompanies her mother to the market to sell oranges. They have to walk because Sasifi's mother can't afford to pay for them to ride the tap-tap (bus), so named because passengers tap on the side of the bus to tell the driver to stop. Circumstances finally allow them to ride the bus home. The narration by Margarita Taylor is superlative, with her rich, vibrant voice making you feel as if you are actually in Haiti. Backed by cheerful Caribbean music, her voice sweeps listeners into the story. A page-turn signal tells readers when to turn the pages. This is carefully explained at the beginning of each tape, along with a description of the first page of text, so children know where to begin the book. Any or all of these would be welcome additions to any library, but Tap-Tap is easily the best of the three.
Melissa Hudak, Roscoe Branch Library, Loves Park, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I do medical missions in Haiti and found this book to be colorful and a good way for children in the US to learn a bit about what life in Haiti is like.
C. Ray
The watercolor drawings accompanying the story are colorful and well done.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By margie meares on March 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a sweet little book. The illustrations are beautiful watercolors with lots of detail that will appeal to young inquisitive eyes. (I know because I tested it on my favorite three year old.) The story is a simple one of a trip to market and a more interesting trip back to the village. A story of wanting, of responsibility, and of reward. I think books that share even a glimpse of another culture to our American children are very valuable. This book could raise many important questions in children who have no concept of being so poor you must walk everywhere you go. It offers that glimpse without being harsh in anyway. As I said, its sweet and yet one notices our main characters have no shoes for their feet. The writing is beautiful and reads well out loud. It is a simple enough story that most third graders can read it for themselves. Its also informative for adults. Now I know why the Haitian jitney is called a Tap-Tap. Tap-Tap gets a high recommendation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Ray on January 14, 2009
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I do medical missions in Haiti and found this book to be colorful and a good way for children in the US to learn a bit about what life in Haiti is like.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mother of 4 readers on April 10, 2007
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This book gives a great view of a day in Haiti. I'm excited to share it with my Haitian Daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPH on July 4, 2010
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This is a charming adventure story about a little Haitian girl who accompanies her mother to the market, earns her first coins, and gets to spend them on what she really wants. Lively detailed illustrations help the reader understand what life in Haiti was like before the disastrous earthquake struck. (this was published before the earthquake.)A great read-aloud book, one that holds the audience's attention and is bound to generate discussion and awareness of another culture. Suspense is generated as we wait to find out what the TAP-TAP is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Williams on March 29, 2010
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This is a simple, but beautifully written tale about a small Haitian girl who is finally allowed to go to market with her mother to help carry and sell their harvest of oranges. The illustrations are colorful and full of life and eloquently evoke the environment, people, clothing, and modes of transportation available to Haiti's poor. A story of earlier times; most likely before the shanty towns and devastating earthquake damage, but still a universal tale of growing up and the trials and rewards of taking on more responsibility that will resonate with any child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on April 9, 2013
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A beautifully painted story that gives the reader a true and vivid picture of life in a harsh environment. Their " tap - tap" is truly a part of daily life in this war- torn land and many tales could be written if the author should choose.

It is clear that she is no stranger to Haiti. Well done!

For children and adults alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Strubhar on March 25, 2013
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This was an entertaining true to life book. I enjoyed it mostly because I have lived in Haiti for a short time and have ridden on a tap-tap, so I can understand the characters in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JH on February 24, 2013
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I adopted my daughter at the age of 4 from Haiti and of all the books I bought about her country of birth, this is her very favorite! Most of the children's books about Haiti emphasize the poverty or struggle in one way or another, or even the earth quake, and she just doesn't want to be reminded of that at bedtime. This story is sweet and honest about a mother and daughter working hard for their money and enjoying their well earned ride back home at the end of the day selling their fruit at the market. in The pictures invite my daughter to ask many questions and the story makes her want to go back to Haiti one day and ride a tap tap!
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