RATA-PATA-SCATA-FATA by Phillis Gershator

RATA-PATA-SCATA-FATA

A Caribbean Story
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A sunny, well-shaped tale about little Junjun, who'd rather dream than do the tasks his busy mother asks him to do. Instead, he utters the eponymous ``Caribbean gobbledy-gook'' (explained in a note as ``an old-time Virgin Islands way of talking nonsense'') in hopes of magical results--and, by happy chance, is rewarded each time: A fisherman happens to drop a fish as he passes, so that Jumjum is spared a trip to fetch one; the goat turns up on its own; tamarinds fall before he must pick them. And each time Junjun has a playful explanation (``The fish got dusty when it swam across town''), while his interchanges with Mommy, however purposeful, remain relaxed and affectionate. Meade's torn-paper collages--rough, white-bordered areas of radiant tropical hues- -are the perfect complement to an engagingly cadenced story that will be just right for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-316-30470-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1994




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