Down in the Subway PB (English)
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A boy meets the Island Lady on the subway. Out of her bag comes an ocean breeze, a Caribbean meal, a steel band and a party he will never forget!
505017 ISBN-10: 1932065245
| Category: Children's Books
| Supporting language: English
Platforms/media types: Printed Matter
Age Range: 5 and up
Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Starbright Books (April 1, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10 x 0.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
| From Publishers Weekly
A routine summer ride on the subway is transformed into a brief, toe-tapping Caribbean holiday in Cohen's (Will I Have a Friend?) animated tale. But Greenberg's (Aunt Lilly's Laundromat) gouache art, with its electric hues and primitive style, supplies the bulk of the book's energy. The artist fluidly captures the ample magic that emanates from the multicolored straw bag of a friendly island woman dressed in native garb. The sweltering passengers' grim expressions melt into exuberant smiles as the Island Lady pulls out of her bag "the cool Island breeze," the green Caribbean Sea, a picnic lunch featuring island fare and the Calypso Man, singing a catchy if hokey rhyming tune. Her piece de resistance: "an Island town," featuring palm trees, bright pink buildings and a street full of people "doing the jump-up." Cohen's intermittent attempts at island dialect often fall flat, but her inventive idea for transforming the tedium of subway riding?creatively realized in Greenberg's sprightly pictures?will lift the spirits of any child familiar with subway travel. Ages 4-7.
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Lively paintings in Caribbean pastel hues joyfully fill in the details as the rhythmical text celebrates the unexpected magic of a routine trip. --Horn Book Guide
This is a hymn to the power of imagination. --Philadelphia Inquirer