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4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Sasifi longs to ride a tap-tap, a truck that carries passengers and their belongings in rural Haiti.

Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 9/18/1995 Pages: 48 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 18th 1995 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 21st 1994)
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Apr 09, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Abigail--thank you!
A charming story about a young Haitian girl's determination to be strong and grown-up and walk all the way to market with her mama (even though she longs to ride in the tap-tap truck that wealthier folks are traveling in!) When she gets to market, she does wonders selling out the fruit they've brought and she gets a treat from her mama--a beautiful new hat! But, best of all, she gets a little spending money of her own, for the first time ever. And though the wares in the market are oh-so-appeali ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 20, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
The same author and illustrator created another book I also enjoyed: Painted Dreams.

I adore the watercolor illustrations; they’re so colorful and vibrant and beautiful.

I really like this lovely story about a young Haitian girl helping her mother sell their oranges on market day. What’s special about the story is that while the girl (and most around her) are poor and how receiving a brand new hat and riding the bus home (called the tap-tap because riders make a tapping noise to signal when they
Daniel L.
Among Poverty Incredible Riches

Haiti is one of the most interesting countries. Although it is one of the poorest nations, it has astounding cultural riches. In this charming tale, Karen Lynn Williams tells the story of a village girl named Sasifi, who is thrilled by the prospect of riding to the market in a tap-tap, a bus in Haiti made from an old truck and decorated brightly. The humble tap-tap is one of many examples of how the people of Haiti create beautiful and colorful things from such hum
This is the story of a little girl in Haiti who goes to market for the first time with her mother. On the way there, they see the Tap-tap, a van that transports people from town to town. It is expensive to ride in the tap-tap, even though it is easier and makes the journey shorter. After a successful day, the little girl and her mother head home, and they get to take the tap-tap. However, on the way, the little girl’s hat blows away in the wind. They stop the truck, get out, and walk the rest of ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
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This story about the life of a little girl in Haiti is really interesting. There is a lot in this book that shows the cultural differences. At the same time, there is an importance in this story in that it shows a lot of things that children in America also have to experience like waiting, being patient, not getting what you want, and having to do chores for a parent. Although this story has a lot that children wouldn't recognize, these main ideas still connect them to the story. This story
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Feb 03, 2011 Sung Baick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, mothers, haiti
This is a story about a certain aspect of life in Haiti. A young daughter follows her mother into the market area to sell. She learns about hard work and rewards. I would recommend this book to share about some of the Haitian culture. Also, it would be cool to show the kids how different people in different parts of the world buy their everyday items (supermarkets, street stores, wholesale stores, etc).
Vanessa Peavy
Apr 19, 2012 Vanessa Peavy rated it really liked it
Another great Haitian picture book. The illustrations are full of color and quite detailed. Realistic way of depicting my beautiful country and people of Haiti. I would use this book to do lesson on how other people live around the world. Can you imagine bringing this book into the classroom and having a discussion with your class about how Sasifi lives? Put this book in your bin!

Jun 05, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
This made me smile. I visited my sister in Haiti several years ago, and I always admired the brightly-painted tap-tap. I rode in a few while I was there. Motorcycles were more fun, but it was all grand. I didn't go to market, and I do regret that. Fun book!
Rita M
Jul 22, 2016 Rita M rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Selected it since our son lives in Haiti and we will be visiting there soon. Nice children's book. $,3,&2 year-old nieces and nephews enjoyed learning about their Uncle's world!
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cute. fun pictures. a girl. a mom. a market. a taptap.
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Karen was born in Connecticut, and received her Master’s degree in deaf education. She has lived in Africa and in Haiti. Karen had an early dream to be one of the youngest published authors, starting a writing club at ten. However, Karen's published works came later in life, after extensive travels and family experience. Karen's ability to draw from personal experience and adapt into writing forms ...more
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