NEW YEAR BE COMING! by Katharine Boling

NEW YEAR BE COMING!

A Gullah Year
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Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Written in the Gullah dialect, this is a handsomely illustrated collection of poems for each month of the year. “In January month, / the sky the color of first dark / and the trees all nakedy in the wood. / Deer cock ’e head for listen for the chop-tongue hound, / and bittle berry scarceful.” The poems celebrate the months through nature and children’s activities. “In June month, / every gal child take off ’e shoes / when ’e get off the yellow big bus.” Black is the predominant color of the linoleum-block prints with bright pastels for highlights. Half of the illustrations are double-paged spreads incorporating the poems with grace. The others are on the left page with the poem on the right; there is no pattern to the alternating spreads. An extensive foreword offers a brief history of the Gullah people along with a description of the language. A glossary of terms is complete and important to interpreting the poems. The last selection celebrates the New Year with Hopping John, and the recipe follows. As a special homage to nature and the Gullah tradition, storytellers will find this an excellent addition to their repertoire. (Poetry. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8075-5590-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2002




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