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. Volume XVIII Number 21. . . .February 3, 2012
Juba is about to fall asleep when he sees a beautiful yellow cat on his window sill. As the stars twinkle in the background, Juba follows the cat on a magical adventure. They arrive at a fair where they see the House of Mirrors. They dance and laugh out loud. They guess the number of jelly beans in an enormous jar and take a ride on a roller coaster. When they are finally tired out, the pair walks home from the fair with lots of souvenirs – cotton candy, a balloon and a bear. At home, they fall fast asleep as the full moon. with a cat-like face, looks down on them.
Helaine Becker's Juba This, Juba That uses the "juba" rhythms as a basis for her story. These rhythms originated in Nigeria as hand-clapping games. When the peoples of Nigeria were transported to the New World as slaves, they fought very hard to keep their culture alive. The "juba" rhythms of their homeland were transformed into songs passed down through the generations. This picture book is based on one of these popular songs. Although this picture book has less than one hundred words in total, the strong beat and repetition will definitely hold the attention of young children.
Myra Junyk, of Toronto, ON, is a literacy advocate and author.
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