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To Carnival!

A Celebration in St Lucia

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Written by Baptiste Paul
Illustrated by Jana Glatt

The sights, sounds and tastes of vibrant Saint Lucia come to life in this cumulative tale of a girl’s journey to Carnival. When a series of unexpected delays disrupts her journey to the big parade, Melba must adjust both her expectations and her route to the festivities. Who will she meet and what will she learn along the way?

Key Selling Points:

  • SAINT LUCIAN AUTHOR: The book is set in the critically acclaimed author’s homeland of Saint Lucia.
  • CULTURAL AWARENESS: Readers are immersed in the day-to-day life of Saint Lucia as they learn about the foods, animals, modes of transport and more on the island.
  • SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: The main character learns to manage anxiety and handle disappointment as people she meets help her find creative solutions to problems.
  • EDUCATIONAL ENDNOTES: Endnotes include a pronunciation guide and provide information about the Creole language, Carnival and ways of life in Saint Lucia.
  • SPANISH AND FRENCH EDITIONS: The book is also available in Spanish and French.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.50 x 10.75 inches
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 4-10 years

Awards & Accolades

  • NYC Big Book Distinguished Favorite, Children’s Fiction, 2021
  • Best Picture Books of the Year, Kirkus Reviews, 2021

★ ‘‘A must-have picture book that educates while it thoroughly entertains’’ – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Young readers are transported to the Caribbean in this introduction to its culture and wildlife . . . Paul and Glatt’s characters sparkle on the page as they add to their group of friends and realize that they, too, can shine in their own parade” – Booklist

“Imagine a celebration that lasts for 2 ½ months. You don’t have to if you have this book” – Betsy Bird, Librarian, @FuseEight

“The vibrant rainbow of Carnival is reflected in illustrations that marry digital art with childlike drawings, and a section at the back educates children on the culture of Saint Lucia and the history of Carnival” – Foreword Reviews

“Glatt’s folk-art-style paintings complement this story rooted in the cultural life of a community, and the festive spirit of Carnival comes through vividly in the cacophonously colorful palette . . . Baptiste’s winsome tale provides an accessible introduction to an important cultural tradition” – The Horn Book Magazine

About the Contributors

Written by - Baptiste Paul
Baptiste Paul grew up in Saint Lucia, where at age seven he propagated a root cutting that still produces breadfruit for his family. He holds an Environmental Science degree and is the author of The Field, which received multiple starred reviews. He is also the co-author of I Am Farmer, with Miranda Paul.
Illustrated by - Jana Glatt
Jana Glatt's fascination with creating character, costumes and scenarios began in her childhood theater classes. Today, she feels like a director of a great scene when she is creating her illustrations. Jana has illustrated more than twenty books and has been seen all over the world. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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