A text infused with the rhythmic, intermittent syncopation of the Caribbean and paintings spilling over with exotic tropical colors contribute to the warmth that emanates from this endearing book. A West Indian family ``beats out'' its daily living in varying tempi as its members prepare their wares for market. ``Chickens running in the garden patch, / Running in the morning sun. / Try and catch. / Chuka Chuka / Chuka Chuka.'' As each of the relatives works at the various chores, Baby-O, the youngest, basks in every verse of the familial song. The phonetic harmonies continue through the day as a jitney--also named Baby-O--makes several stops to pick up Papa and his fish, Granny and her baskets, Pappy (grandfather) and the siblings with fresh produce. Carlstrom's ( Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? ) prose calls out for reading aloud, while Stevenson's ( Tubtime ; the Henry and Mudge series) lush pictures add a visual cadence to this joyously clamorous song. Ages 3-8. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/02/1992 Release date: 03/01/1992 Genre: Children's
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