MARKET DAY FOR TI ANDRE by Maia Rodman

MARKET DAY FOR TI ANDRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A six year old Haitian boy's first trip from the mountains to market in Port au Prince sensitively relayed and well backgrounded, but perhaps too impressionistic and demanding of adult interpretation to be used except through adult reading. During the preparations, Ti Andre has had two dreams, which he confuses with reality, and yet feels impelled to keep to himself. Once in the market, exciting as it is, he vanders off until a fat attendant at the airport -- who resembles the batman of his dream- chases him off. Lost, he joins a group of street singers who make up a quest song for his mother, and meet another carnival group, who are singing a quest song for him. Reunion with his mother brings explanations and a happy return to the hills. Wilson Bigaud, who has done the line drawings, is well known as a painter, but seems too sophisticated here.

Publisher: Viking