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Five young cousins have plenty to do on the island but there's always time to hear one of Tantie's stories.
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Lynn Joseph was born in Trinidad and now lives in Hollis, New York. Her book The Mermaid's Twin Sister: More Stories from Trinidad received the Americas Award.From Publishers Weekly:
Trinidad native Joseph ( Coconut Kind of Day ) draws on her childhood for this seamless anthology. Told in the idiomatic, lilting cadences of the West Indies, the stories--some scary, some funny, some poignant--beg to be read aloud. Readers meet many of the exotic characters of Trinidad's rich oral tradition, including the soucouyant (a witch who becomes a ball of flame at night), the ligahoo (a being able to change shape at will) and the ghosts or jumbies who lurk in graveyards. Tantie ("great-aunt") is the storyteller whose narrative unfolds through the eyes of grandniece Amber. In a fitting finale that is at once touching and deliciously hair-raising, Tantie passes Amber the storytelling torch--as well as a necklace of bright beads given to her by Papa Bois, a forest spirit with cloven hooves. Rich in island atmosphere, Pinkney's ( The Ballad of Belle Dorcas ) scratchboard illustrations put the crowning touch on this superbly crafted collection, which deserves a place on any folklore shelf. Ages 8-12.
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Book Description Clarion Books, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Hardcover with dust jacket, NEW, no marks or blemishes, dust jacket is bright and glossy. Immed shipping. Seller Inventory # 903823
Book Description Clarion Books, 1991. Condition: New. Brian Pinkney (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0395544327
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