A cautionary tale, set in the Caribbean, based on a Brazilian song about an indolent boy, Sambalena. To the consternation of his family, Sambalena has an aversion to work in any form. He'd rather be showing off. But his attitude changes drastically when he puts his head in a clay pot as a joke and it becomes stuck. His confinement gives Sambalena new insight into the value of work and the joy of helping others. Gershator (Tukama Tootles the Flute, 1994, etc.) ably introduces young readers to the story behind the song; Jenkins's artwork evokes the colors and rhythm of life in the West Indies, planting realistic figures against sun-drenched, stylized landscapes.