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Posted April 25, 2011
Beautifully illustrated and written !! Simple and easy for a child to read. The Rice Bag Hammock relates to all living in the Caribbean.
I definitely recommend this book to all the children growing up in Guyana, to catch a glimpse of their grandparents and great grandparents lives of not so long ago ! Cant wait for the paper back edition to come out !
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Posted June 12, 2011
Posted June 6, 2011
It is very refreshing in this materialistic world of ours to find such a beautiful illustrated, non pretentious book, that touches the hearts of children.
The illustraions are vivid, yet sweet. The characters are almost alive! And unlike many books in the ethnic genre for children, the characters look modern enough to be your next door neighbors.
The writing is beautiful, fluid and cathy enough to keep a child's attention and interest for the length of the story. It makes a great read-along book because of the repeating phrases.
The message gets across nicely, without sounding preachy at all. The ending is unexpected and that makes the book all the more entertaining .
I give the book 5/5 and recommend it to anyone wanting to reinforce family values and multiculturalism in their children
Posted May 22, 2011
I am a person who believes that children's books are never given their proper due, especially those for younger children. Writing for children is hard because it is necessary to shrink the vocabulary that can be used, and the visuals of the pictures are very important to keep a child engaged. To write a compelling story to keep young children interested is not easy, but The Rice Bag Hammock by Shaeeza Haniff does just that. Telling the simple story of the differing uses a family finds for a rice bag hammock created by Aja, they range from the practical to the magical to the romantic. The sweet simplicity of the story is matched only by the beautiful delicacy of the artwork which would tell a wonderful story all on its own. The progression of the story back to where it started is straightforward and easy to understand, critical for young children. Definitely for younger children, but I would definately recommend this story to all parents. Because good children literature is not only hard to write, it's even harder to find.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2011
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