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JUMP UP TIME by Lynn Joseph

JUMP UP TIME

A Trinidad Carnival Story

By Lynn Joseph (Author) , Linda Saport (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-65012-7
Publisher: Clarion

It’s Carnival time in Trinidad and everyone is ready to celebrate, especially sisters Christine and Lily. But while the family prepares an elaborate hummingbird costume for the older Christine, Lily is too young to participate and feels left out. Her sulky grumbles add humor and authenticity to her plight as Christine soaks up all the attention. When Carnival time comes, and Christine has a bout of stage fright, Lily gives her the confidence to “jump up,” and realizes that she’s been a part of the celebration all along. Joseph (Jasmine’s Parlour Day, 1994, etc.) peppers the narrative with distinctive dialect and evocative descriptions, expertly juxtaposing the glamorous glitter of the tradition (“skirts with bells and sparkles, helmets with spiky horns, and fat, long tails trailing in the grass”) with a child’s desire (“Lily looks down at her plain brown legs. She wishes hard that they would turn into something sparkly and special”). Saport’s calypso colors perfectly capture the warmth of the culture and the expressive characters that star in this rare treat--a festival of Caribbean life and family camaraderie. (Picture book. 5-8)