this Beautiful Island
this beautiful island, as far as my eyes can see,
The sun runs shiny fingers through bright green and golden leaves.
with Guanin, a young Taino boy, as he takes us on a tour of Puerto
Rico. We walk through the forest, across fields and onto the beach.
Along the way, we see beautiful sights and meet different animals
like Tahite, Guanin's parrot, and coquis, the little frogs that
inhabit the island. At the end of our journey, we can learn about
the Tainos, the natives who lived hundreds of years ago in Cuba,
Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. These
"good" people share with us their stories, their respect
for nature and their friendship.
and illustrator Edward Fontanez's vivid, age appropriate descriptions
will entertain young readers. His vibrant, brilliant illustrations
are enthralling. For even more fun and a counting exercise, try
to spot how many coquis hop onto the pages. For those who wish to
explore a different culture or learn more about their heritage,
On This Beautiful Island and its companion website are
wonderful places to start.
book is an absolute delight!
Lynda E. Lukow