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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.
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.
Wonderful story! I love the Caribbean and this tale just brings back wonderful memories for me. 7 and up to read alone, younger as a read to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by cat
Very cute story. My baby is half Haitian so I want to incorporate that part of his culture into every day life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michelle F.
I enjoy reading this book to my 3 year old. It tells a lovely story and the pictures are beautiful. The story also reminds me of my many visits to Haiti, spending time with family,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Boston, Massachusetts
Such a cute book! It describes wonderfully and colorfully life in Haiti. I am looking forward to taking it to a clinic outside Cap Haitien soon.Published 8 months ago by tvsmitty
Wonderful, wonderful book! Great illustrations, as well. Our adopted Haitian daughter enjoyed reading this tremendously!Published 10 months ago by GrammaAnde
Absolutely beautiful illustrations. Lovely, lovely story.
recommend that you also get the book "Songs in the shade of the Flambouyant Tree" French Creole Songs which... Read more