Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Real Nice Clambake

School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 4-- From codfish chowder simmering with salt pork ribbons to crack: ling red-hot lobsters to steamed clams galloping down gullets, Westcott's watercolors and Rodgers and Hammerstein's song are sure to make readers mighty glad they came. The original lyrics reflect the century-old dialect of Carousel, the musical from which they originate. But the lighthearted cartoon illustrations are packed with 20th-century ethnically mixed families engaged in a delightful blend of modern yet timeless activities. All ages are present and everyone pitches in with the cooking, play, and clean-up. Each page is brightly bordered with beach objects or menu ingredients, packed with all the festivities detailed in the lyrics, and becomes an educational experience for those who have never attended such an outing. A handwritten invitation, complete with menu, invites readers to join in. A book in which regional culture is vividly revealed by its magic, dialect, food, and festivities.
--Claudia Cooper, Ft. Stockton Independent School District, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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