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Jump up time : a Trinidad Carnival story
Joseph, Lynn.
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, 1998.
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32 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Although she is jealous of all the attention being paid to her older sister's Carnival costume, Lily helps Christine when she gets nervous before time to go on stage.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 27697.
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Carnival is supposed to be a happy time, but Lily wishes it were over. Her family has been working on the gorgeous hummingbird costume for months, but it's Lily's big sister, Christine, who will wear it at the Children's Carnival. Lily doesn't want to wait till next year for her chance to jump up in costume. She wants to play mas now! How Christine's big day turns out to be a big day for Lily as well makes a satisfying story, with lilting dialogue and pastel illustrations that capture the tropical colors and vibrant energy of Carnival in Trinidad.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. Although she can't help feeling exuberant at the coming of carnival, with its music and festivities, Lily is sick of the subject of her big sister's first carnival costume. Six months' work has gone into constructing the splendid hummingbird costume, but when it comes time for Christine to get up on stage and "jump up," she freezes. It's Lily's encouragement that finally helps Christine overcome the fear. Saport's richly saturated oil pastels, in shades of salmon, turquoise, yellow, and blue, give the book a tropical feel. The strong illustrations might have overwhelmed the text. Instead, they match the lilting vernacular of Joseph's language, enhancing the satisfying, believable family story. Together, the words and pictures capture the highly charged emotion and spectacle of the holiday as it is celebrated in Trinidad. --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Lily wishes that she could wear a costume like her big sister Christine and "jump up," or parade across the stage, during the Children's Carnival. As the whole family works together on Christine's hummingbird outfit, Lily is jealous and can't wait until the celebration is over, "Because that go be de end of that old Carnival costume." On the big day, Christine sees the stage where the jump up will take place and is frightened. Lily reassures her and the older girl joins the other children to "play mas." Later, Christine lets Lily wear her hummingbird headdress. No background information about Carnival is provided, though readers can guess the meaning of "jumping up" and "playing mas" from the context. Saport's pastel illustrations are earth toned. The round-faced characters are reminiscent of Henri Rousseau's island paintings and their features express the moods in the story well. Although the illustrations capture the warmth of home and family, they do not effectively convey the tumult of Carnival day or the big stage that scares Christine. Still, the story is genuine and expresses feelings that kids will certainly relate to. Other books about Carnival added to this one will complete the picture of this exciting time of year.-Sally Bates Goodroe, Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.