Press:Houghton Mifflin HMH Books for Young Readers; Pap/Cas edition (August 28, 2000)
Author Name:Bunting, Eve/ Callender, Josefina (NRT)/ Peck, Beth (ILT)
After the police come, a family is forced to flee their Caribbean island and set sail for America in a small fishing boat.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-"It was nice in our village.
Till the night in October when the soldiers came." Thus begins a modern-day exodus story as a Caribbean family joins others in a small boat on a dangerous journey.
Eve Bunting's evocative text (HM, 1988) is read by a female narrator against gentle background music and occasional sound effects.
From a child's-eye point of view, it tells the moving story of people who are willing to give up everything, risk everything, for freedom.
The accompanying paperback book allows listeners to read along and view Beth Peck's beautiful two-page colored pencil illustrations.
This is an unusual Thanksgiving book that can be used at any time of the year.
It reminds us that we have modern-day pilgrims coming to our shores for much the same reasons, and that living in a free land is something for which we can be truly thankful.Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Bunting’s simple tale focuses on the hardships of the journey and on the American ideals of freedom and safety.
Peck’s richly colored crayon drawings yield added enjoyment each time they are perused.
The mood changes from dark shades of desperation during the journey to the lighter tones of joy as the travelers at last find their refuge.
A poignant story and a thought-provoking discussion starter."School Library Journal"A moving fictional presentation of the perilous voyage of a group of Caribbean refugees to this country.
Peck’s beautiful full-color, double-spread illustrations capture the dignity and humanity of these humble folk, the somber night sky, and the sweep of the sea.
A compassionate depiction of the plight of many of our recent would-be immigrants."Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
About the Author
EVE BUNTING has writtenover two hundredbooks for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz.
She lives in Southern California.
Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Thanksgiving,Geography & Cultures,Explore the World,Central & South America,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Fiction
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