Island Counting 1 2 3

Take a trip to the Caribbean, where one little island offers many exotic items to count! Here the three hilltop houses are painted in tropical hues, the five market ladies wear shady hats, the nine limbo dancers sway on a sunny beach, and the ten wildly dressed children celebrate carnival time.

Caribbean Alphabet

Presents an alphabet of images from the Caribbean, such as hibiscus, mangoes, and reggae. Illustrations and vocabulary encourage a sense of place ant there is plenty to look at on each scenic page. The selections combine known and perhaps unfamiliar words with a glossary specific to the Caribbean.

Painted Dreams

Because her Haitian family is too poor to be able to buy paints for her, eight-year-old Ti Marie finds her own way to create pictures that make the heart sing. Ti Marie dreams of being an artist. Whenever she gets some time away from watching her little sisters and helping Mama in their market stall, she finds a cement wall or a scrap of waste paper and lets her imagination soar. Using whatever she can find to make a mark–bits of red brick, charcoal, white rocks–Ti Marie makes beautiful art. If only she had real paint, brushes, and clean white canvas, what wonderful pictures she could paint then! But Mama says there is no money for such things. Still, Ti Marie finds a surprising way to make her dreams come true.

The Road To Santiago

In Cuba, in the early 1950s, a young boy and his family try their best not to let the rebel soldiers keep them from traveling to Santiago to celebrate Christmas with their relatives. Based on a true incident in the life of the author.

My Haiti, My Homeland

This book presents an interesting side of Haiti and its contributions to the Americas. Paul, a young boy who came from Haiti with his mother to live in Miami, gains pride in his homeland when his teacher gives him an assignment to research and report on interesting things in his country’s history.