Songs of Papa's Island

Songs of Papa's Island

by Barbara Kelly Kerley, Katherine Tillotson, Barbara Kelly Kerley
     
 
Through an afternoon of lyrical stories, Mama "sings" to her daughter of their life and adventures on a tropical island. Papa's island is a place where you can feed fish straight from your hand, walk through clouds of butterflies, race hermit crabs on the beach, and watch geckos walk on the ceiling. Mama's stories celebrate the familiar rhythms between mother and

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Through an afternoon of lyrical stories, Mama "sings" to her daughter of their life and adventures on a tropical island. Papa's island is a place where you can feed fish straight from your hand, walk through clouds of butterflies, race hermit crabs on the beach, and watch geckos walk on the ceiling. Mama's stories celebrate the familiar rhythms between mother and daughter while capturing the sights and sounds of a unique and wonderful place.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Mama and her young child share a loving closeness as the woman recounts her experiences living on an island in the Pacific with her husband while she was pregnant. Each of the 10 short chapters represents a storytelling session during which Mama relates their encounters with the island's wildlife just before and after their daughter's birth. They unexpectedly meet wild boar; feed fish while snorkeling; befriend a wild cat; enjoy the geckos that live on the walls of their home; and save frogs from certain death. Told in a leisurely pace in simple, gently cadenced language, these personal reminiscences display a lively sense of humor and a deep appreciation and respect for nature. Though Kerley tells excellent, almost intimate, stories, the slow pace may limit the book's appeal. Young readers could easily handle the text and will find the format attractive. Wide margins, heavy cream paper, and handsome black-and-white woodblock prints-one per chapter-make the book a joy to hold. While children may not choose this title on their own, teachers will find it a solid addition to units on family history or storytelling.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395715482
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.21(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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