Jump up Time; A Trinidad Carnival Story

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Carnival is supposed to be a happy time, but Lily wishes it were over. Her family has been working on the gorgeous hummingbird costume for months, but it's Lily's big sister, Christine, who will wear it at the Children's Carnival. Lily doesn't want to wait till next year for her chance to jump up in costume. She wants to play mas now! How Christine's big day turns out to be a big day for Lily as well makes a satisfying story, with lilting dialogue and pastel illustrations that capture the tropical colors and ...

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Overview

Carnival is supposed to be a happy time, but Lily wishes it were over. Her family has been working on the gorgeous hummingbird costume for months, but it's Lily's big sister, Christine, who will wear it at the Children's Carnival. Lily doesn't want to wait till next year for her chance to jump up in costume. She wants to play mas now! How Christine's big day turns out to be a big day for Lily as well makes a satisfying story, with lilting dialogue and pastel illustrations that capture the tropical colors and vibrant energy of Carnival in Trinidad.

Lynn Joseph was born in Trinidad and now lives in Hollis, New York. Her book The Mermaid's Twin Sister: More Stories from Trinidad received the Americas Award.

Linda Saport lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Although she is jealous of all the attention being paid to her older sister's Carnival costume, Lily helps Christine when she gets nervous before time to go on stage.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Lily wishes that she could wear a costume like her big sister Christine and "jump up," or parade across the stage, during the Children's Carnival. As the whole family works together on Christine's hummingbird outfit, Lily is jealous and can't wait until the celebration is over, "Because that go be de end of that old Carnival costume." On the big day, Christine sees the stage where the jump up will take place and is frightened. Lily reassures her and the older girl joins the other children to "play mas." Later, Christine lets Lily wear her hummingbird headdress. No background information about Carnival is provided, though readers can guess the meaning of "jumping up" and "playing mas" from the context. Saport's pastel illustrations are earth toned. The round-faced characters are reminiscent of Henri Rousseau's island paintings and their features express the moods in the story well. Although the illustrations capture the warmth of home and family, they do not effectively convey the tumult of Carnival day or the big stage that scares Christine. Still, the story is genuine and expresses feelings that kids will certainly relate to. Other books about Carnival added to this one will complete the picture of this exciting time of year.-Sally Bates Goodroe, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX
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It's Carnival time in Trinidad and everyone is ready to celebrate, especially sisters Christine and Lily. But while the family prepares an elaborate hummingbird costume for the older Christine, Lily is too young to participate and feels left out. Her sulky grumbles add humor and authenticity to her plight as Christine soaks up all the attention. When Carnival time comes, and Christine has a bout of stage fright, Lily gives her the confidence to "jump up," and realizes that she's been a part of the celebration all along. Joseph (Jasmine's Parlour Day, 1994, etc.) peppers the narrative with distinctive dialect and evocative descriptions, expertly juxtaposing the glamorous glitter of the tradition ("skirts with bells and sparkles, helmets with spiky horns, and fat, long tails trailing in the grass") with a child's desire ("Lily looks down at her plain brown legs. She wishes hard that they would turn into something sparkly and special"). Saport's calypso colors perfectly capture the warmth of the culture and the expressive characters that star in this rare treat—a festival of Caribbean life and family camaraderie. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395650127
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/21/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.63 (w) x 10.33 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Joseph was born in Trinidad and now lives in Hollis, New York. Her book The Mermaid's Twin Sister: More Stories from Trinidad received the Americas Award.

Linda Saport has illustrated many distinctive picture books, amoung them Subira Subira by Tololwa M. Mollel and All the Pretty Little Horses: A Lullaby. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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