Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern on Halloween

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Jenny Reen stays with Sister Louisa in the slave quarters while her parents work the fields. As Halloween approaches, Sister Louisa warns Jenny Reen about the Jack Muh Lantern, a monster who lives in the swamp and pulls unsuspecting people into the mire. Soon she's lost in the woods, face to face with the Jack Muh Lantern! How Jenny finally remembers Sister Louisa's advice to escape the monster's clutches makes for a spooky and satisfying Halloween story based on ...
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Overview

Jenny Reen stays with Sister Louisa in the slave quarters while her parents work the fields. As Halloween approaches, Sister Louisa warns Jenny Reen about the Jack Muh Lantern, a monster who lives in the swamp and pulls unsuspecting people into the mire. Soon she's lost in the woods, face to face with the Jack Muh Lantern! How Jenny finally remembers Sister Louisa's advice to escape the monster's clutches makes for a spooky and satisfying Halloween story based on African-American folk legend. Full color.

Sister Louisa, who cares for Jenny Reen while her parents work in the field, warns the young slave girl about a monster, known from long-told tales, who comes out on Halloween.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This heart-pounding, spooky tale is about a young slave who encounters in the woods a "jack muh lantern"a hideous man-beast with "googly google eyes." Debut illustrator White's deep-hued oils intensify the mystery, but most compelling is the book's window onto slavery: the yearly ration of three buttons, the spirituals and the occasionally cryptic dialect. Ages 6-10. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-While her mother and father work in the cotton fields, Jenny Reen is left with Sister Louisa, the slave-quarter roots woman who tells her stories about Jack Muh Lantern, who terrorizes children on Halloween. The very next day Jenny encounters the creature, but remembers the woman's advice in time to save herself. White uses a variety of intriguing perspectives in his rustic, impressionistic oil paintings, rendered on canvas in vivid colors, thus emphasizing the dramatic elements of the story. Close-up portraits of the characters are expressive but inconsistent, with background figures in fields and groups returning from their labor executed with a minimum of brushstrokes. Jenny Reen seems almost contemporary in her bright red jacket and her mother looks stylish for having spent the day picking cotton, yet the cruelty of slavery is illustrated through details in the text and in Sister Louisa's response to Jenny Reen's question, "...when will I'se be free?" The words and phrases chosen are as colorful as the palette, with the use of dialect reserved for dialogue only. Sources are scrupulously noted and an author's note establishes the context for the story.-Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689318757
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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