BABY-O by Nancy White Carlstrom


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New cloth soaking in the big tin tub...Wash and rub./ Wusha Wusha...Sing a song of Mama-O,/ Sing it soft, now, sing it slow..."" In a joyfully swinging chant, the members of a busy Caribbean family are introduced, while Stevenson's deftly scribbled lines evoke their lively movements and the lush setting. Baby is chasing chickens in the garden (""Chuka Chuka""); Brother's playing with toy trucks; Sister's eating mangoes; Granny's weaving baskets (""Plesh Plesh""); and, finally, everything and everybody--including Papa and the fish he's caught--are loaded into ""Baby-o,"" the family jitney (""Putta Putts Clank Clank""), to drive the winding road to market. Children will enjoy chiming in when the onomatopoeic words are all recited again at the end, giving them a chance to remember (for example) that ""Kongada"" is the word for Pappy hoeing. Bursting with tropical color and good cheer, a fine choice for interactive sharing.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1992
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: "Little, Brown"