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Gullah night before Christmas
Geraty, Virginia Mixson.
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Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub. Co., [1998]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A version, told in the Gullah dialect, of the familiar poem about the annual Christmas visit of Santa Claus in which "Sandy Claw" is represented by "Buh Rabbit."
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Central Library PM7875.G8 G468 1998 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Infuses the classic poem with traditional Gullah folklore and characters.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3 Up‘Geraty tells her own version of the "Night Before Christmas" in the Gullah language. "Sandy Claw Buh Rabbit" visits a Gullah family with his gunnysack full of presents. However, he can't stay long because Buh Fox is hot on his heels. "`E gwi' t'row'um een de briah-patch, en t'ief de present too, Ef him kin obuhreach'um `fo' `e gitt'ru!" Just after the rabbit leaves, down the chimney comes the grinch-like fox. As the family tries to detain him, the father runs to the next house to warn Sandy Claw. Buh Fox takes the children's treats but gets his comeuppance in the end. The rhyming story is well told, but it is difficult to read and interpret. A glossary is appended, but even so, reading the text will be a real struggle for most youngsters (and adults). Rice's illustrations lend a sinister air to the story. The characters include rather oddly shaped, slightly hunchbacked family members; a greedy but not particularly menacing fox; and a strange looking rabbit in a red "Sandy" suit.‘MMH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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