Grannie and the Jumbie: A Caribbean Tale

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9780066236322: Grannie and the Jumbie: A Caribbean Tale

Emanuel hear about ghost, spirit, and Jumbie once in a while.Emanuel, he say one day, "Why I should be scare dis way?"

Emanuel is tired of being lectured by his grandmother. "Jumbie dis an' Jumbie dat, an't'row de salt over you left shoulder." He doesn't believe Grannie's old-fashioned superstitions -- until one day evil Jumbie pays him a visit!

This brilliantly illustrated story captures the vibrancy of Caribbean folklore. Each piece of fabric is from the author's native St. Thomas and is infused with the island's cultural traditions.

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About the Author:

Margaret M. Hurst grew up on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She is a teacher at the Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design as well as a head of the Passalacqua School for professional artists. Grannie and the Jumbie is her first picture book.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3--Emanuel's Grannie has warned him about ghosts, spirits, and the bogeyman Jumbie. One day, feeling especially bold, the boy tempts fortune by playing with his shadow and walking on graves. Jumbie sees this and comes to snatch Emanuel away, but Mista Mocko Jumbie, the village's spiritual protector, saves him. Appliqu‚d collage scenes extend the story. Most of the figures are formed from several pieces of material of differing colors, shapes, and sizes, pieced and sewn together, often onto patterned silk-screened fabrics. The large-print text in a relaxed script is frequently seen against lightly patterned backgrounds. The components of these fabric pieces are as fascinating as the finished products. These scenes and the lilting dialect sprinkled throughout written phonetically (chile, keepin', etc.) will give readers a feel for the Caribbean setting. An author's note tells about the annual Carnival parades on St. Thomas (where Mocko Jumbie makes an appearance) while the glossary explains a few terms. A slightly spooky, but fun and satisfying look at another culture.

Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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