From the Publisher
Stock portrays the joyful activity in freely painted watercolors that beautifully evoke the island setting and vibrant, warmhearted characters. A welcome contribution.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For so many, Christmas always evokes images of snow, decorated evergreen trees and snuggling by a roaring fire, but for a great number of people who celebrate the holiday, snow is not something they will ever experience. As Joseph and Stock so delightful reveal, Christmas in a tropical setting has all of its own customs: sorrel drink, currant cake, strolling musicians, alloe pies, hanging decorations on a bare painted tree branch, and soursop ice-cream. But for those who celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, one thing is constant, the trip to church with family and friends. A wonderful poem in dialect that will help children understand Christmas in the Caribbean.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Caribbean rhythms and customs shine brightly in Joseph's An Island Christmas. Little Rosie collects sorrel for Christmas punch, sucks sugarcane, watches her Tantie mix currants into cakes, dances to the parang band, and decorates a guava branch. The book is written in a dialect that adds to the telling without being difficult to read. Family intimacy and the child's pleasure in the holiday events shines through. Watercolors by Stock accent the fun of festivities and the brightness of a holiday without snow.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Rosi's preparations for Christmas on Trinidad include picking red petals for the sorrel drink, mixing up the black currant cake, and singing along with the parang band.