NOT A COPPER PENNY IN ME HOUSE by Monica Gunning

NOT A COPPER PENNY IN ME HOUSE

Poems from the Caribbean
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Quiet, gracefully cadenced descriptions by a Jamaican-born author make a likable complement to Lessac's affectionate evocations of the island scene. Beginning and ending with colorful Christmas festivities, the 15-poem cycle touches frequently on the realities of poverty (``Roadside Peddlers''; a poignant portrayal of a storekeeper who ``never says no,'' even when Grandma sighs, ``Chil', me stone broke...Not a copper penny in me house''). Pleasures are simple, and telling--watching laundry bleach in the sun; using ``velvet leaves'' when soap is scarce; shining shoes with hibiscus blossoms. In other scenes, a teacher moves a lesson outdoors on a hot June day and Grandpa enjoys conversing with God while he rests on Sunday. As always, Lessac's colors are jewel-bright, her compositions clean and decorative; she imbues her stylized figures with unusual warmth and sympathy. An appealing tribute. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-56397-050-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993




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