The Fifth World Tales series comprises three bilingual titles (Adventures and Aunt Otilia in Spanish; Little Weaver in Vietnamese) and River, an Afro-American story told in English. The illustrations are childlike bold lines filled with bright, almost garish colors. For those whose eyes can take the glare, the drawings convey a folk art warmth compatible with the books' ethnic subjects. These will be useful for children in bilingual families and will give readers a peek at cultures other than their own. All ages. (May)
- Mary Quattlebaum
This story shows a young black girl, Yanava, searching for a gift to lighten the dim eyes of a wise, old women. Highlights strong intergenerational bonds.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up This picture story, with hand printed rather than typeset text, about children who want to give gifts to a beloved elderly woman before her sight becomes too poor to see them, emphasizes respect for the elderly and the value of imagination. Three children prepare gifts they know will be appreciated, but through thought and imagination the fourth child provides light by which the gifts can be seen. An afterword summarizes the themes of the story and discusses the Afro-American and African sources that inspired the story. The bold and brightly colored illustrations tell the story as much as the text, which is easy for beginning readers to read and understand. There are no differences in the text or illustrations from the 1978 edition. Nancy J. Schmidt, Indiana University Library, Bloomington