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Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel Hardcover – July 2, 2007
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However, there is one page whose poor choice of words spoiled the whole book for me. At one point "Madame Fate," who has kidnapped Sugar Cane and taken her away from her parents, locking the young girl in a tower and keeping her away from the world, is referred to as Sugar Cane's "foster mother." My daughter, seven years old, picked up on that right away since we are a foster family. We had to stop reading while I explained that Madame Fate is not actually a foster mother, that people who are foster families do not just steal children away, and that foster parents are people who provide homes for children who need them. Madame Fate is a kidnapper, not a foster mother.
In short, the poor choice of words on one page means that I am unlikely ever to read this story to my daughter (or foster son) again, and I would *not* recommend this book for any adoptive families or foster families.
Sugar cane is a well known plant in the Caribbean which produces sugar .
The author named the girl Sugar Cane, and her pet monkey Callaloo which is a food dish in the Caribbean.
Very interesting reading.
I also enjoyed the incorporation of Caribbean lifestyle and culture in the story: carnival customs, local fruits and daily living. The illustrations are beautiful! I love the art work.
We need more books like this!
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I was searching for books for my daugher that showed Caribbean culture and I was so excited to find this book. THe story is full of culture of the islands and its a great find. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Lisa E
I love the plot of the book and the illustrations are phenomenal. It's a fun children's book that will bring a lot of joy and creativity to someone,Published on June 15, 2012 by Sugarpacketchad
Wonderful story with beautiful illustrations! I highly recommend this book for girls and boys a like. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Cosmic Girl
This is a wonderful book. It has beautiful, rich illustrations, and it has wonderfully poetic text. The story is much more fleshed out than many versions of Rapunzel - and I'm not... Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by Ulyyf