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Where does sea meet sky? Where does sound meet color? Where does song meet soul? They meet where children run, splash, sing, and live, on an island in the West Indies. Rachel Isadora has written an inventive text, just right for the very young, featuring the activities children love. Winsome watercolors depict the connections that exist in the world around us, and take us to the places that lie deep in the hearts of all children, no matter where they live.

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Overview

Where does sea meet sky? Where does sound meet color? Where does song meet soul? They meet where children run, splash, sing, and live, on an island in the West Indies. Rachel Isadora has written an inventive text, just right for the very young, featuring the activities children love. Winsome watercolors depict the connections that exist in the world around us, and take us to the places that lie deep in the hearts of all children, no matter where they live.

A lyrical and evocative dreamscape of the Caribbean.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Isadora's (A South African Night) simple, rhythmic paean to the Caribbean opens at the start of a day: "Where morning meets light, we rise." Echoing this phrasing, the author spotlights some typical island activities: her child protagonists take a dip at water's edge ("Where waves meet sand, we swim"), walk in the country ("Where wind meets hill, we run"), visit an elderly woman who evidently has tales to share ("Where years meet story, we see") and gaze upon a sunset ("Where darkness meets night, we dream. We dream"). The conclusion, as well as the calming cadence throughout, lends this tale to a bedtime read-aloud. Some of Isadora's language may seem ambiguous ("Where sound meets color, we hide," for example, describes some children's experience in the marketplace), but her inviting watercolor paintings offer a vivid interpretation. Her children pose as if for a camera, with friendly grins; her paintings take in sultry beaches, bright colored houses, tidy white-washed buildings. The imagistic text and the realistic art reinforce each other's strengths. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
In this enchanting book, readers enter a colorful tropical dream world where waves meet sand, rain meets earth, song meets soul, and music meets hearts. Author/illustrator Rachel Isadora's glorious watercolors and inventive text celebrate the connections that exist in the world around us. The lyrical words, accompanied by vivid and inviting pictures, give children from all over a taste of the joy and simplicity of life on a small island in the West Indies.
School Library Journal
Island life is vividly depicted in Isadora's simple verses and sun-drenched images. Lovely watercolor paintings show children swimming along the shore, laughing in the rain, going to school, and listening to stories. (K-Gr 3) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Isadora (The Little Mermaid, p. 582, etc.) celebrates both a place and childhood; her book evokes the land and seascape of Caribbean island life, and the elemental experiences that plot a child's references. On the book's righthand pages are Isadora's nimble sun-bleached watercolors—sea, hills, market, friends, rain, song—while the lefthand pages hold six words that report a feeling or activity: "Where wind meets hill, we run," "Where song meets soul, we dance," and "Where moonlight meets path, we walk." Life on the island is touched by natural magic, where real places fuse with dreamscape, and a water world is made secure by friends, family, and the rhythm of daily acts. There is no point in quibbling that Isadora presents only half the picture—-an idyllic half—-since that is her point: to wring from this environment all the beauty it holds. (Picture book. 3-8) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399232305
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/26/1998
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

Rachel Isadora began dancing at the age of eight. She trained at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet and has danced professionally. Rachel lives in New York City with her family.

Rachel Isadora has illustrated many books set in the world of dance and theater, including Opening Night, My Ballet Class, Swan Lake, The Little Match Girl, and Ben's Trumpet, which received the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2000

    Truly a Caribbean Dream

    I loved this book because I am from this part of the world and Isadora shows it like it is. I have memories that she was able to bring back to me. I really feel like I am in a dream when I look at this book. The colors and the whole feel of it is beautiful. I hope many people see this book so they know what life is like there at its best!

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