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Down by the River: Afro-Caribbean Rhymes, Games, and Songs for Children

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
No other collection so vividly presents generations of Afro-Caribbean traditions, from jump rope rhymes to unique hand-clapping games. Repetitive phrasings and nonsensical rhymes, along with Binch's vibrant, realistic artwork, capture the innocence and joy of children at play. Full color.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Scholastic (first published September 1996)
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Jelisa
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a compilation of Afro-Caribbean rhymes, games, and songs for young children. This book is a great collection of rhymes, songs, and games because many of them reflect customs specific to that culture. Many of the games and songs include dialects and vernacular specific to that particular culture. The author, Grace Hallworth was born in Trinidad and expressed that many of the excerpts used in the book were from the memory of her childhood which she thought originated from Trinidadian ...more
Huma Naqvi
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is full of interesting Afro-Caribbean rhymes, games and songs. Thou there was a variety of rhymes and games, they sound foreign to the average UK child who would be unfamiliar with the traditional tunes. An attached song sheet would be helpful and entertaining.


it is more meaningful to sing in a tune.
Ruth Quiroa
Jul 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
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Américas Award Honorable Mention 1996
Jim
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caribbean, holidays
this is a better book than the two stars. these are "afro caribbean rhymes" that just don't move or reach me. but the art is nice and the writing true.
Mathew
Hallworth's introduction to this collection of Afro-Caribbean rhymes is both informative and interesting. Having grown up in Trinidad, Hallworth reflects on her time as a child split between living with her aunt in order to attend school for half the year and then moving back in with her parents and siblings when not at school. Her memories of games and songs associated with both places, as well as friends of hers, are what contribute to this collection.
Hallworth shares her discovery of how her
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Josie Krysinski
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully illustrated children's book, Down by the River, teaches young readers about the beautiful traditions of the Caribbean heritage as well as captures the importance of family and friends. This is would be another wonderful addition to my classroom collection.
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