by Catherine Stock, Karen Lynn Williams

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Sasifi longs to ride a tap-tap, a truck that carries passengers and their belongings in rural Haiti.


Sasifi longs to ride a tap-tap, a truck that carries passengers and their belongings in rural Haiti.

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"After helping her mother sell fruit all day in the hot marketplace, Sasifi uses her newly earned coins for a coveted ride home in a tap-tap, a Haitian jitney. . . . The smoothly written text is enhanced by beautiful watercolor paintings, done in the tranquil and shimmering hues of the Caribbean, that capture the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures of the vibrant Haitian countryside and its distinctive populace. A satisfying journey." Booklist, ALA

"Add this simple story about Haiti to the growing list of high-quality picture books set in the Caribbean." Kirkus Reviews

"Lively storytelling and illustrations . . . There are many humorous moments in this sweet slice-of-life story; its brisk pace will keep youngsters engaged." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It's market day in the Haitian village, and for the first time, 8-year-old Sasifi will be helping her mother. They can't afford to ride in the tap-tap, a truck that picks up passengers and drops them off when they bang on the side. But after selling all their oranges in the market, Sasifi is given her first coins to buy a treat. She decides that a ride home on the tap-tap is what she wants. Lively watercolor illustrations.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4Three of the most charming picture books to come along in recent years have been made available in book-on-tape format. All are of superior quality with strong narration. In Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell, the numbers one through ten are used to illustrate the story of a cheerful, extended family as they shop for and cook their dinner. Rain Player by David Wisniewski, the dramatic tale of Pik, who challenges the rain god to a game of pok-a-tok to save his drought-ridden village, comes to life with wonderfully intense narration. The best of the three new releases in this series is Tap Tap by Karen Lynn Williams, the story about a young Haitian girl who accompanies her mother to the market to sell oranges. They have to walk because Sasifi's mother can't afford to pay for them to ride the tap-tap (bus), so named because passengers tap on the side of the bus to tell the driver to stop. Circumstances finally allow them to ride the bus home. The narration by Margarita Taylor is superlative, with her rich, vibrant voice making you feel as if you are actually in Haiti. Backed by cheerful Caribbean music, her voice sweeps listeners into the story. A page-turn signal tells readers when to turn the pages. This is carefully explained at the beginning of each tape, along with a description of the first page of text, so children know where to begin the book. Any or all of these would be welcome additions to any library, but Tap-Tap is easily the best of the three.-Melissa Hudak, Roscoe Branch Library, Loves Park, IL

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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(w) x (h) x 0.20(d)
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Catherine Stock, known for her sensitive paintings, has illustrated many books for children, including several for Clarion. She divides her time between Rignac, France, and New York City.

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