A refreshing realism pervades this collection of Jamaican folk tunes. These characters quarrel (""Me an' Katie no 'gree, Katie wash me shirt in a sea""), run out of water (""Downtown gal have no water to wash them head and keep them clean""), break men's hearts (""Nancy Banana da broke man heart""), and celebrate everything from merry-go-rounds to the sweet shade of the ""jiniper tree"" to morning. There are some ironic lines that parents may want to set aside some time to explain (""I an' my wife cannot agree,...She spread me bed on the dirty floor,...For Devil made the woman an' God made man,"" says a husband). Jekyll collected these rhymes and first published them in 1907. Mair's illustrations don't attempt to capture individual expressions or subtlety of feeling; they happily crowd people and objects together in a dense lather of shapes and colors. The sheer exuberance of both the lyrics and the illustrations generally need no explanation.