Tap-Tap

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

After selling oranges in the market, a Haitian mother and daughter have enough money to ride the tap-tap, a truck that picks up passengers and lets them ...

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Overview

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

After selling oranges in the market, a Haitian mother and daughter have enough money to ride the tap-tap, a truck that picks up passengers and lets them off when they bang on the side of the vehicle.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As they did in Galimoto , Williams and Stock here bring a cultural tradition to life for young readers. The setting is Haiti, zestfully rendered in Stock's brightly hued watercolors. Sasifi carries a basket on her head for the first time as she walks to market with Mama. Tired and hot, the girl longingly watches a passing tap-tap--a covered, festively painted pickup truck carrying marketgoers and their goods. Announcing they do not have enough money to ride the tap-tap, Mama curtly says, ``Perhaps you are not yet big enough to help me on market day.'' Sasifi proves otherwise, competently selling all of their oranges--and collecting the correct amount of money--while Mama goes off to do her marketing. Her reward is her very first ``fine new hat''--and some coins to buy herself a treat. The spirited child passes up the tempting goodies of the bustling marketplace for a ride home in the tap-tap. Children even those younger than the intended audience will enjoy the rollicking ride almost as much as Sasifi herself--who learns to ``tap-tap'' on the truck's side when she wants it to stop. Ages 6-9. Mar.
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
From the Publisher
"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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395720868
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 306,089
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2003

    A Vivid Journey

    As a third grade teacher, this book is an essential component of my yearly unit studying this remarkable island nation, Haiti. The watercolor pictures are beautiful and Williams spins an uplifting tale that every child will love. Any reader can clearly imagine the joy of a ride on this brightly colored bus. The tale is both informational and heartwarming and should be used at home or to spice up the classroom! My class absolutely loves this book!

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