Sasifi longs to ride a tap-tap, a truck that carries passengers and their belongings in rural Haiti.
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Catherine Stock, known for her sensitive paintings, has illustrated many books for children, including several for Clarion. She divides her time between Rignac, France, and New York City.From Publishers Weekly:
As they did in Galimoto , Williams and Stock here bring a cultural tradition to life for young readers. The setting is Haiti, zestfully rendered in Stock's brightly hued watercolors. Sasifi carries a basket on her head for the first time as she walks to market with Mama. Tired and hot, the girl longingly watches a passing tap-tap--a covered, festively painted pickup truck carrying marketgoers and their goods. Announcing they do not have enough money to ride the tap-tap, Mama curtly says, "Perhaps you are not yet big enough to help me on market day." Sasifi proves otherwise, competently selling all of their oranges--and collecting the correct amount of money--while Mama goes off to do her marketing. Her reward is her very first "fine new hat"--and some coins to buy herself a treat. The spirited child passes up the tempting goodies of the bustling marketplace for a ride home in the tap-tap. Children (even those younger than the intended audience) will enjoy the rollicking ride almost as much as Sasifi herself--who learns to "tap-tap" on the truck's side when she wants it to stop. Ages 6-9.
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Book Description Clarion Books, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Review Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0395656176
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