Running The Road To ABC

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Six island children are running at daybreak — over the hills, through the fields, across the city square — to school! Never before has the love of learning (and learning together) been such a joyous time. Denise Lauture's buoyant, poetic text captures the happiness and youth of energetic children on the way to school; Reynold Ruffins perfectly illustrates the rich beauty of Haiti with the bright-colored vibrance of Haitian folk art. A great read-aloud book for the classroom.

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Overview

Six island children are running at daybreak — over the hills, through the fields, across the city square — to school! Never before has the love of learning (and learning together) been such a joyous time. Denise Lauture's buoyant, poetic text captures the happiness and youth of energetic children on the way to school; Reynold Ruffins perfectly illustrates the rich beauty of Haiti with the bright-colored vibrance of Haitian folk art. A great read-aloud book for the classroom.

Long before the sun even thinks of rising the Haitian children run to school where they learn the letters, sounds, and words of their beautiful books.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Spare, poetic text and folksy gouache illustrations celebrate the joys of learning as a group of Haitian children make their way to school in the pre-dawn hours. Ages 5-8. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Martha Cunningham
Winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award, this is a beautifully poetic depiction of an aspect of daily life for Haitian schoolchildren. Along with a simple respect for education and for the way of life of these Islanders, Lauture and Ruffins present a host of natural phenomena in a gentle, evocative, musical text. The skilled writing supplies models for creative prose and poetry that teachers of all grades in elementary school could exploit easily; even grammar lessons could be taught using the repetitive strains and carefully shaped apostrophes. On top of the linguistic value of this work, it allows children to see, in an unbiased format, a picture of a non-white society with its social realities both positive and negative. Definitely worth a purchase by a library or parent.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5The joy of learning shines through in this lyrical, freewheeling tale of a group of Haitian children on their way to school. Leaving at dawn, these barefoot students race through the countryside and town to their school to learn to read and write another letter, sound, word, line, and page in the "great and beautiful books on the Road to ABC." The text flows along with the youngsters, evoking the sounds of the early morning and the shapes of the varied terrain over which they travel. Details of the town with its bread sellers and horse tamers provide another memorable backdrop to the children's passage. This rhythmic, richly descriptive account of a "day in the life" of these young Haitians takes readers into this activity as they follow along. With their vibrant Caribbean colors of turquoise, greens, pinks and oranges, the full- and double-page illustrations are perfectly attuned to the text. Ruffins's folk-art style, including the details of flora and fauna and folks, is a feast for the eyes. The slanting hills and varied perspectives create a sense of movement that keep readers' eyes following the contours of the landscape. An inspirational celebration of reading and the desire to learn.Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A poetic text charts the experiences of six children as they run through the Haitian countryside ("six days each week, forty weeks each year, for seven years of their short lives") on their way to and from school. Lauture (Father and Son, 1993, etc.) pens a lyric evocation of childhood—or even national—struggle lightened by innocence and leavened by the beauty of the natural world, but it retains a strongly adult sensibility: "On the roads of white turf and roads of red clay they run. On roads of rocks and roads of mud they run. If they take a wrong step they do not complain." The writing often soars (the children "gaze at the heavens, rise before the sun, sail with the moon, and dream of stars to read and write") but many young readers may not sit still for it. Ruffins's bright gouache paintings are appealing; they summon the vitality of Haitian primitive art and are similarly detailed, image-rich and jewel-toned. A book that's worthy, but wanting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689831652
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 2/1/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 676,065
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Excellent for Children

    This book captivated my 3 and 5 year old granddaughters as I told them the story of children in Haiti. I had tried to explain Haiti to them the week before, but needed pictures to help, so I went to the local library and checked out this book. They liked it so much and understood Haiti so much better that I ordered the book from B&N. Pictures are very real (my sister goes on Mission Trips there every year) and story is very true and easy to understand.

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