Caribbean Alphabet

Frane Lessac, Author Tambourine Books $15 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-12952-1
Caribbean islands sparkle in the sun in this exuberant, luxuriantly illustrated abecedary. Alphabetically ordered vocabulary presented at the bottom of each page (``airport, arrivals, airplane, agouti'') prompt the reader to explore bustling scenes; like the words, some of the depicted activities are familiar (kite flying), some are not (limbo dancing). Unusual terms (hibiscus, Junkanoo) are explained in a pictorial glossary at the back of the book. The chosen words reflect the importance of nature; fruit, animals and plants predominate. Groupings of words help with sound recognition and issue implicit invitations to create sentences and even stories. Lessac's ( Caribbean Carnival ) illuminates the naive freshness of her childlike gouaches with an intense palette. Each picture has its own little narrative on this celebratory island tour--fun, fluid and imaginative. Ages 4-up. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/1994
Release date: 05/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 978-0-688-12953-8
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-333-47374-0
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-230-73127-1
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