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Caribbean dream
Isadora, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
A lyrical and evocative dreamscape of the Caribbean.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 116268.
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Where does sea meet sky? Where does sound meet color? Where does song meet soul? They meet where children run, splash, sing, and live, on an island in the West Indies. Rachel Isadora has written an inventive text, just right for the very young, featuring the activities children love. Winsome watercolors depict the connections that exist in the world around us, and take us to the places that lie deep in the hearts of all children, no matter where they live.

Author Notes

Rachel Isadora was born and raised in New York City. Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet and was a dancer with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury. She went from being a ballet dancer to an author and illustrator.

The first title she wrote and illustrated was Max. Since then she has written many others including Golden Bear, Ben's Trumpet, Nick Plays Baseball, Caribbean Dream, Mr. Moon and Not Just Tutus.

Her works have earned her several awards including the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. Her title Max, was named an ALA Notable Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Isadora captures the mood of an island and the spirit of children in this evocative picture book. "Where morning / meets light / we rise," and four island children look out a wooden window at readers. The children hide at the market, swim at the shore, and fish, sail, and run on the beach. "Where rain meets earth, we splash." And in a joyful exhibition, "Where song meets soul, we dance." Isadora's pictures move and sway like a Caribbean breeze. The loveliness of the pictures works in tandem with the honed text; there are only three lines of text per page, but they overflow with meaning. A wonderful read-aloud for individuals or groups. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Isadora's (A South African Night) simple, rhythmic paean to the Caribbean opens at the start of a day: "Where morning meets light, we rise." Echoing this phrasing, the author spotlights some typical island activities: her child protagonists take a dip at water's edge ("Where waves meet sand, we swim"), walk in the country ("Where wind meets hill, we run"), visit an elderly woman who evidently has tales to share ("Where years meet story, we see") and gaze upon a sunset ("Where darkness meets night, we dream. We dream"). The conclusion, as well as the calming cadence throughout, lends this tale to a bedtime read-aloud. Some of Isadora's language may seem ambiguous ("Where sound meets color, we hide," for example, describes some children's experience in the marketplace), but her inviting watercolor paintings offer a vivid interpretation. Her children pose as if for a camera, with friendly grins; her paintings take in sultry beaches, bright colored houses, tidy white-washed buildings. The imagistic text and the realistic art reinforce each other's strengths. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Lyrical language and sun-drenched watercolors evoke a little bit of paradise, as several children delight in their island home. On each spread, a glorious full-page painting appears opposite the large-print text; thin borders surround each page, accentuating the colors in the illustration and balancing the layout. From the opening verse ("Where morning/meets light,/we rise") to the final scene ("Where darkness/meets light,/we dream"), Isadora maintains a parallel structure that never becomes forced or monotonous. The verses are deceptively simple and the images are evocative. The artwork interprets and extends the words; "Where sound/meets color,/we hide" is paired with a busy marketplace scene. The paintings show children squinting into the bright sunshine in front of a turquoise house, posing in their school uniforms, and dancing in the rain. This book reads like the memory of a perfect day, perhaps a bit idealized but enjoyable just the same.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.