Jubilee!

Jubilee!

by Karyn Tunks, Julie Buckner
     
 

A young girl witnesses a natural phenomenon in Mobile Bay. Set in the summer of 1963, this story follows Caroline on her trip to Fairhope, Alabama, where she witnesses her first jubilee. During the natural phenomenon, various types of marine life wash onto the shore during the night. She captures this memorable event on her camera, along with other highlights from

Overview

A young girl witnesses a natural phenomenon in Mobile Bay. Set in the summer of 1963, this story follows Caroline on her trip to Fairhope, Alabama, where she witnesses her first jubilee. During the natural phenomenon, various types of marine life wash onto the shore during the night. She captures this memorable event on her camera, along with other highlights from her trip. Illuminating illustrations and a glossary of terms enhance this story of beachside fun.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dawna Lisa Buchanan
At first perusal, I did not like this book, but something compelled me to look at it again. A second reading, and then a third, persuaded me that this story will have appeal to a wide range of young audiences. A young girl (Caroline) visits her grandmother in Alabama in 1963, anticipating a joyful summer and especially participation in Jubilee—a maritime phenomenon that brings delicious sea life to the shore during the night. The people in her grandmother's community gather to "harvest" the unexpected bounty with delight. What charmed this reader was how individuals in the community are portrayed—the school teacher, the preacher, and the service station owners. Caroline is the proud owner of a camera, and she snaps photos of each character as she interacts with them. Buckner's pictures are rendered in soft water colors, but she includes Caroline's "photos" as if they were paper-clipped to the pages of the book. The culture of the shore community is gently and positively portrayed, and the science behind the flood of sea food is clearly explained throughout. Tunks' language is lyrical and appealing: "By then, the once-abundant shoreline was picked over like a cotton field full of boll weevils." (unpaged) Teachers and librarians will likely use this book as a mentor text when considering the Common Core Standards, but this is also just a pleasurable read-aloud that can be shared by parents or enjoyed by independent readers. Reviewer: Dawna Lisa Buchanan
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Caroline visits her grandmother in Fairhope, Alabama, during the summer of 1963, hoping to witness her first jubilee. With her Kodak Instamatic Camera in hand, she visits local residents who talk about this marine phenomenon. Anticipation builds as the girl hears about the night that sea life swims to the shoreline of Mobile Bay. She wakes in the night to the sound of a dinner bell clanging and makes her way to the shore where her grandmother's friends and neighbors wade barefoot in the water, excitedly gathering fat flounders, sluggish shrimp, and crabs with blue claws. Buckner's full-color artwork captures the awe and wonder of the jubilee night, illuminated by stars and lantern light, and the rainy yellow dawn as the sea creatures revive and swim to deeper water. Caroline's black-and-white photographs and the many nostalgic details of life in Fairhope make this time and place very real. Maps on the endpapers show of the Alabama coastline, and a glossary helps with unfamiliar terms. This beautifully written story will enhance lessons on Alabama and its coastal marine life.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589808805
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/23/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,279,413
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD990L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

KARYN W. TUNKS received her PhD in early childhood education from the University of South Alabama. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Alabama Association for Young Children.

A member of the Portrait Society of America, Julie Dupré Buckner received a BFA from Louisiana Tech University. She also illustrated Pelicanés Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert, Jubilee!, Clovis Crawfish and Echo Gecko, Clovis Crawfish and Silvie Sulphur, and Clovis Crawfish and the Twin Sister. She lives in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and teaches an abstract expressionist painting class for beginners.

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