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Look Back!

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Children's picture book
Paperback, First, 32 pages
Published May 31st 2013 by Papillote Press
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How wonderful to see Caroline Binch's lush illustrations working with Trish Cooke's Dominican-inflected text! A little boy, Christopher, is listening to his Grannie's stories of Ti Bolom, from her Dominican childhood. The call and response of Dominican storytelling, along with the warm relationship between generations (both Christopher and Christophine, his Grannie, and young Christophine and Ma Constance from Grannie's story) makes the book an attractive one to read. Although it may be ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Amelia rated it really liked it
After hearing the story of Grannie’s attempts to catch the illusive Ti Bolom when she was living in Dominica in a young child, Christopher attempts to do the same. For such a climatic and engaging story, Christopher’s shortened equivalent version falls flat and provides an anticlimactic ending. I feel like the whole tale would have been stronger if they had left out Christopher’s part, and ended with the uncertainty of where Ti Bolom could be. The drawings are filled with vibrant colors, ...more
Katie Logonauts
This folktale-style story from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica is told through the frame of Grannie telling a story from her childhood to her grandson Christopher. Her story involves the mysterious, mischievous Ti Bolom. Kids will love the repeated storytelling call-and-response as well as the 'is he / isn't he' discussions about Ti Bolom himself.
A boy's grandmother tells him a spooky tale of her childhood in Dominica when a mysterious being called Ti Bolom crept around behind her as she delivered food to a family friend. Trish Cooke always writes stories with such a dynamism and flow, and the pencil and watercolor illustrations are gorgeous!
Jan 23, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Beautifully illustrated and compelling, but creepy! Reminds me of The Pale Green Pants with Nobody Inside Them and Creepy Carrots.
May 13, 2015 Cathy rated it it was amazing
Loved this tale told by grandmother as she reminisces about a time she tried to capture a glimpse of the mischievous Ti Bolom who lives in the woods of Dominica.
Mar 11, 2015 Jschofi4 rated it did not like it
Shelves: multicultural
The text is very clunky and lacks a good rhythm. The illustrations are okay, but nothing to write home about.
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Jul 01, 2015 Alyssa Tabor rated it liked it
This one was pretty fun! I enjoyed the cultural flavor, the fable feel, and the inter generational communication. Watch out for Ti Bolom!
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