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Rosie's preparations for Christmas on the island of Trinidad include picking red petals for the sorrel drink, and singing along with the parang band. "Stock portrays the joyful activity in freely painted watercolors that beautifully evoke the island setting and vibrant, warmhearted characters. A welcome contribution." -- Kirkus Reviews...

Title : An Island Christmas
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ISBN : 9780395587614
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 30 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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An Island Christmas Reviews

  • Diana V.
    2018-10-13 11:45

    Main Characters: Rosie, Mom, Dad, and Ragboy (Rosie’s brother).First Person Point of View: From RosieSetting: Island in the southern Caribbean Sea during Christmas season. Genre: Traditional / Multicultural Literature Lexile level: 660L – Upper Elementary Plot: Rosie’s preparations for Christmas on the island of Trinidad begin early. In the beginning, Rosie is sent by her mother to pick red petals for the sorrel drink, which is a special dark red, aromatic Christmas drink, with a tangy taste. After picking, pealing, and soaking the red petals, Rosie’s family sings along with the parang band – which are bands of people who sing and play traditional instruments in the streets. Rosie’s mother prepares a long-standing Christmas specialty - black currant cake – on Christmas Eve, while her dad goes to town for some Christmas shopping. In the meantime, both Rosie and Ragboy paint and decorate their Christmas – guava tree. On Christmas Eve, all the family sits together around their Christmas tree to enjoy aloe pies and some sorrel. In the morning, Rosie and Ragboy open their presents and later in their Christmas church best attend mass along with her family. Main Ideas: Christmas Traditions Travel and PlacesRecommended: I would recommend “An Island Christmas” because it contains tells of the traditions of how Christmas is celebrated in Trinidad, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea. In addition, this book is written with rhyme prose, which is great for read-out-loud. Students, therefore, can learn about how Christmas is celebrated distinctively in the Caribbean, while understanding that non-Standard English can also be incorporated in literature. Personal Reaction: Reading “An Island Christmas” made me reminisce about my childhood growing up with Latin American Christmas traditions. My preparation for Christmas include attending posadas, singing villancicos, and decorating our Christmas tree with a pesebre. As a whole, I discovered distinctive forms in which Christmas is celebrated around the world – something that should also be taught to students. Satisfying Concluding Statement: Learn about a wonderful Christmas without snow.

  • Arianna
    2018-10-19 13:07

    Joseph, Lynn. An Island Christmas. Illus. by Catherine Stock. Clarion, 1992. New York. Island of Trinidad. Picture Book.Lynn Joseph captures the true essence of Christmas in her story, An Island Christmas, about a Caribbean family's holiday traditions. Through the use of grammatical structure and word choice, which reflect a gentle island rhythm, Joseph transports her audience to the ease and warmth of the Caribbean Island of Trinidad. Accompanied by Catherine Stock's beautiful water colored pictures, full of bright colors and images so full of life that they almost breathe; this book portrays a charming image of a tropical Christmas. Joseph not only entertains her audience with this delightful story but she also educates them by introducing several holiday treats and customs in the story dissimilar to the standard American ideals, such as, sorrel a sort of sugary drink made from flowers, and the Panaderos, similar to carolers, marching through the neighborhood singing traditional Parang songs. Although Christmas traditions in the story are very different from our own, for instance, sunshine instead of snow, and black current cakes instead of sugar cookies, by showing these differences Joseph exemplifies an even stronger similarity, that of human nature. For instance, on Christmas Eve Rosie and her little brother, much like most children the night before Christmas, are too excited to sleep. Before Christmas we see that Rosie's Mom is always busy cooking and cleaning for the upcoming holiday, much like most Moms before a big event. Likewise, most everyone can relate to Rosie's excitement about the various holiday treats, treats she only gets but once a year.Joseph not only does a wonderful job portraying the Christmas traditions of Trinidad, but she also exemplifies and honors the universality of celebration and family.

  • Anthony Miller
    2018-09-22 15:08

    Christmas in July? That's how it seems in Lynn Joseph's, "An Island Christmas." She describes the story of Christmas time and traditions that take place on the Carribean Island off the coast of Trinidad. Through her use of native tongue and casual sentence structure, it is like she is there talking to you. If you are having a hard time with her style of writing, luckily there are decent watercolor illustrations that will accompany the story. Several days before the main holiday, two siblings busily prepare for the climatic Christmas morning by collecting native fruit, building a Christmas tree, and listening to the local band play up their street.An Island Christmas is a good book if you are trying to explore different Christmas cultures and traditions other than the traditional United States Christmas. However, if you were looking for an exciting book with outstanding illustrations, you might want to look elsewhere.

  • Huong Vu
    2018-10-04 10:10

    An Island ChritmassBy Clairion BookIllustrated By: Catherine Stock.The book talked about the different ways countries celebrate the holidays in their own way. This makes me interested in then various way countries that use a lunar calendar. The children are so excited for the big feast even though they don’t have presents to open for Christmas morning, but the food that they make is so special for the children. It reminds me when I was a children growing in Vietnam we are a poor country we lucky just to have food to eat. When it come to holiday we will have some meat or special food to eat. It makes me think for us to read different country and see how they are special make us appreciate more in American. By reading with ethnic book it helps me understand the different way the others country live, and how they lived to have better understanding about others counties.

  • Nicole vera
    2018-09-30 12:47

    i like the book it should be in the worlds best book and i wish i cloud have this book and that if you read this book your heart will go boom the book made me feel very happy but now i want keep the book for ever i love this book so much i will love it like it is my child and my baby if i lose that book my heart will brake so then i will cry and cry and cry so i hope that i wont lose this book. but you know what i have some thing that i love more than this and i will die for and that thing is my family and my family is micky jacky tony me patty kathy stef daneil luis kristy and my mom and dad so you know my family. ps my mom has 10 kids love ,prettybear

  • Sean
    2018-09-23 14:10

    The narrator of the book is an excited young girl from the island of Trinidad, off the coast of Venezuela. She gives a snap-shot view of her family's Christmas celebrations. Though the plot is simple and somewhat uneventful, it's fun to see the excitement of Christmas through the eyes of a child. It's also interesting to observe the similarities and differences in the holiday traditions of another culture. The water color paintings are fairly realistic and give life to a rather uninteresting text. Though I probably won't read the book again, and I doubt that it would hold the attention of my children more than once, It was kind of a fun one-time read.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-09-29 08:44

    This story is told heavily in vernacular (it takes place in Trinidad, where the author is from).Despite being basically an extended list of preparation and celebration of Christmas in Trinidad, the narrative is engaging. The Author's Note at the end adds some explanations, but it all feels comprehensible even without the that.My favorite part was probably their reuse of an old guava branch, stood in a pot of dirt and painted with white shoe polish, to approximate a snowy Christmas tree.

  • Whitestorm
    2018-09-23 13:07

    Ok....I liked the voice of the narrator....