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The Rice Bag Hammock

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The Rice Bag Hammock is a book that takes its readers on the journey of an ordinary burlap bag. It makes its way from holding freshly harvested rice to becoming the center of playground, family life, community and everyday activities.
Told in a lyrical voice and filled with vibrantly detailed illustrations of a scenic Guyanese countryside, The Rice Bag Hammock is a picture book for all ages.
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Overview

The Rice Bag Hammock is a book that takes its readers on the journey of an ordinary burlap bag. It makes its way from holding freshly harvested rice to becoming the center of playground, family life, community and everyday activities.
Told in a lyrical voice and filled with vibrantly detailed illustrations of a scenic Guyanese countryside, The Rice Bag Hammock is a picture book for all ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461126621
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/2013
  • Pages: 50
  • Sales rank: 359,118
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaeeza Haniff is a Kindergarten Teacher in Binghamton, New York.

First born to the former Chief Education Officer of Guyana and his wife, Shaeeza grew up in the coastal region of tropical Guyana, South America. Her childhood was filled with memories of large family gatherings, dozens of cousins, aunts, uncles and many song filled hammock swings. Aja (northern Indian word for paternal grandfather) was prominent in her life until his death in 1987. His gift for storytelling seems to have passed down to Shaeeza as she has been writing and making up stories since she was ten years old.
She followed her father's footsteps and became a Nursery School teacher at the age of 20, graduating top of her class. She gets inspiration for her books from her family, memories of her childhood and her many students.
Shaeeza now lives in Binghamton, New York with her husband, five children, three cats and one beta fish.
This is her first published book.


Swafeha Khan, an artist living in Coconut Creek , Florida is Shaeeza's youngest sister.

Sharing many of the same experiences as her big sister, Swafeha grew up as an artist, investigating, noticing, sketching, drawing, coloring her days away. Graduating from the Burrowes' School of Art and the University of Guyana with an art degree, Swafeha continued with her love of art as an art teacher. She attended a Disney/UNICEF animation workshop hosted by Carimac University of West Indies, Jamaica.
She gets her inspiration from nature and from her kids.
She now lives in Coconut Creek with her husband, four kids and three cats. This is her first illustrated book.
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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended !!

    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 !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Lovely Story

    A great read for youngsters. Plus (being that I live in the States) it is a wonderful way to transport my children to another place :).

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Must Buy for Anyone with Children

    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

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Highly Recomemended for Young Children

    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.

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