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Haresh Daswani
May 10, 2011 Haresh Daswani rated it it was amazing
If you want a story to tell to children, with beautiful, notstalgic pictures. This book has to be in the bookshelf.

It depicts a friendly, serene rural life that a child can have pleasant dreams of. It gives a sort of calming comfort to the child, and is a friendly read.

There are times when I worry about what books have been accepted to the realm of children's books, and it is comforting to know that there are still books like these that we can share as a gift to a friend's child, our own childre
Becca Chopra
Jun 07, 2011 Becca Chopra rated it it was amazing
Reading this delightful picture book, set in the serene Guyanese countryside, my young Hawaiian friend and I felt we were being taken back to old Hawaii - where a simple burlap bag that held the daily staple, rice, would be made into clothing, shopping bags, and perhaps even hammocks.

The story is comforting and uplifting, showing that even such a simple gift, like the hammock Aja made, leads to multiple uses and much joy for her extended family, even the cats. And I'm sure once the hammock is wo
May 22, 2011 C.L. rated it really liked it
I am a person who believes that children’s books are never given their proper due, especially those for younger children. Writing for children is hard because it is necessary to shrink the vocabulary that can be used, and the visuals of the pictures are very important to keep a child engaged. To write a compelling story to keep young children interested is not easy, but The Rice Bag Hammock by Shaeeza Haniff does just that. Telling the simple story of the differing uses a family finds for a rice ...more
Diane Majeske
Jun 11, 2011 Diane Majeske rated it it was amazing
It's not easy to keep the attention of children these days. They have their TV, they have their Wii, they have so much to distract them and keep them busy.

But they have very little to calm them. Maybe that's why I like "The Rice Bag Hammock" so much. This simple story tells of a burlap bag sewn into a comfy hammock by the talented Aja and how it serves many uses in the community. The beautiful illustrations and the lyrical words tell the story so well - and so soothingly - the story is almost me
Amira Aly
Jun 02, 2011 Amira Aly rated it it was amazing
It is very refreshing in this materialistic world of ours to find such a beautiful illustrated, non pretentious book, that touches the hearts of children.

The illustraions are vivid, yet sweet. The characters are almost alive! And unlike many books in the ethnic genre for children, the characters look modern enough to be your next door neighbors.

The writing is beautiful, fluid and cathy enough to keep a child's attention and interest for the length of the story. It makes a great read-along book
Mary Ting
May 21, 2011 Mary Ting rated it it was amazing
This wonderful story tells how a simple burlap bag is transformed into a hammock, handmade by a man named Aja. Each page shows the usage of the hammock and every page refers back to the man who made it. Even though there was only one sentence per page, the author’s descriptive words on how the hammock was used was perfect. The story is in a pattern format and the ending broke away from the pattern, which I enjoyed reading the unexpected. It ended by going back to the beginning. Being a mother an ...more
E.M. Walton
Jun 16, 2011 E.M. Walton rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated story! The repetition of form makes this wonderful for young, developing readers. The pictures are simple yet sweet. It brings you back to a simpler, calmer world and reminds you of what is important in our lives.
Natasha Larry
May 31, 2011 Natasha Larry rated it it was amazing
I read this book to my three year old and she just adored it, as did I. Her favorite part was the repetitive nature of the text and the simplicity in the illustrations. After I read it the fourth time she read it right along with me.

My favorite part, as a history nerd, was reading about the farmers in Guyana. I've not run into a children's book quite like this one, so that's always a good treat.

Well done and recommended for anyone with little ones.
Sammy Sutton
May 10, 2011 Sammy Sutton rated it it was amazing
This is a darling book for the very young reader. The repetition is interesting and appropriate. The illustration is wonderful with exquisite detail, and was a delightful read on my kindle. I would recommend it for any tiny reader.
Ellen Maze
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Katina Ferguson
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Shaeeza Haniff
Apr 29, 2011 Shaeeza Haniff rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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