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A Season for Mangoes

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sareen is attending her first sit-up, a Jamaican tradition that celebrates the life of a loved one who has died. The whole village has come to share memories of Sareen’s Nana. Sareen wants to tell her stories of Nana’s last mango season and their search for the perfect mango, but she’s afraid the words won’t come or that she’ll begin to cry. It’s only when Sareen faces her ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 18th 2005 by Clarion Books
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A Season For Mangos is a 2005 Americas Award Honorable Mention title. This is a story about a young Jamaican girl, named Sareen, who is participating in her first "sit-up" in honor of her recently deceased Nana. A "sit-up" is a Jamaican custom where family and friends honor a recently deceased loved one by sharing: fond memories, jokes, music, dance, food, laughter, and tears. In this story, Sareen is filled with fear about getting up in front of the group to share her story about her grandmothe ...more
Kara Pushay
This is a great story that is easy to connect to. It is about a girl, Sareen, speaking at her grandmothers funeral, which can be extremely hard for anyone. It is easy to connect to Sareens feelings and emotions throughout the text as they are beautifully described. I also appreciate how many things are incorporated into this story. The cultural traditions of Jamaica play a huge part in this story, which makes it more personal and meaningful. The illustrations are beautifully done and add extra p ...more
Annie Zagorec
I thought that this was a good book. It covers the topic of death, but gives the message to remember the joys of that loved one, not their death. I think that children would be able to learn a lot from this book as it has a heavier theme, and it is also culturally diverse in the fact that it revolves around Jamaica. Overall, I found this book to be very meaningful and I think that young readers would enjoy it and may possibly be able to relate to it.
Nadia L. Hohn
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A picture book about a Jamaican nine night story. I am just discovering Regina Hanson and this is the first book that I have read by her. She likes to write about Jamaican traditions just like I do. I liked how this picture book incorporated Jamaican folksong, storytelling, and culture. I look forward to reading more by the author. The illustrations are gorgeous- by Eric Velasquez.
Sarah Nottingham
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
A Season For Mangos by Regina Hanson is about the celebration of life after Sareen's Grandmother dies. Sareen and her village, in Jamaica, have gathered together to celebrate her grandmother's life. Sareen is overwhelmed and scared about sharing the memories of her grandmother with the village. Throughout the celebration there is singing, games, stories shared, culturally diverse foods and tales about the villages culture. Finally, it is Sareen's turn to tell her stories of her grandmother. She ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Sareen, a young girl in Jamaica, is attending her first “sit-up,” a wake for her beloved Nana who has died. In Jamaican tradition, a ghost, or “duppy” stays for nine nights after death. On the ninth night, friends and family hold a “sit-up” to entertain the ghost so it will leave and find peace. In the note at the end of this book, the author writes that while wake customs have changed over time, Jamaican children still love “duppy stories” – especially because they honor the person who has died ...more
I appreciate how this story incorporates many pieces into one - this is a story about a girl grieving her grandmother and finding the courage to speak from the heart at her funeral, told in the context of the cultural traditions of Jamaica with evocative illustrations. Having a celebration at night might be seen as scary in some cultures, here it is the perfect time for a celebration of a loved one's life. Sareen deeply loved her Nana but speaking in front of the village is more than she can ima ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
A Season for Mangos by Regina Hanson
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
32p published by Clarion 2005

This is a story set in Jamaica, about Sareen, a young girl who is nervous about her first sit-up. A sit-up is a story filled celebration about a deceased person. Sareen is telling a story about her grandmother and how she so loved mangos. The Jamacian culture is authentically depicted with the mention of slavery, Anancy, and foods such as curried goat and bananas. The illustrations are beautifully done,
Kelly Morgan
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: folktales
"The Season for Mangoes" is a really good book for ages 5 and up. I like how the Jamaican culture was represented.The readers can learn about the culture in this book. I would read this book to student during mango season, as a culture book and as a book about losing a family member.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: americas-award
2006 Americas Award Honorable Mention
A wonderful tribute to her grandmother. Great insight on tradition when honoring a lost loved one.
Kristin Sprague
magoe's are good, maybe I'll learn about how they grow.
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