A CARIBBEAN COUNTING BOOK.
Edition: First American edition.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Hardcover first edition - A collection of traditional counting rhymes from all over the Caribbean - Trinidad, Jamaica, Cuba, Martinique and more. "Each selection, attributed to its place of origin, pulses with the rhythms of a sunny clime. Pawpaws and breadfruit, guava and calaloo-stew give the verses an exotic feel, while girls jumping rope and boys "peltin' stones in a tree" set them within a familiar context. Each rhyme works as a counting song, often in a "Ten Little Indians" format descending from 10 to one. Their exuberance and humor make counting fun ("Well, four of me dumplins gone./ Don't tell me so!/ Four of me dumplins gone./ I don't want to know!")" (PW Weekly). Illustrated with bright collages by Roberta Arenson. Large format, unpaginated. ISBN: 0-395779448.
Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated boards, no dust jacket.