The Village Basket Weaver

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Dutton Children's Books, 1996 - Black Carib Indians - 32 pages
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Tavio and Policarpio are Caribs, a coastal people native to Belize. Carpio is a very important man, for he alone remembers the art of basket weaving and can make the new cassava squeezer that is necessary for the survival of the village. Tavio, realizing that his grandfather's health is failing, decides to apprentice with Carpio so that someday he, too, can become the village basket weaver. Full color.

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User Review  - AleciaDesselle - LibraryThing

A tale of a young boy, Tavio who would wake at dawn to watch his grandfather, Policarpio, weave baskets. His grandfather was the town basket weaver and is the only one who knows how to create the ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In the coastal village of Belize, a boy takes over the tradition of basket weaving when his beloved, infirm grandfather can no longer carry on. Grandfather Carpio laments to his grandson Tavio that ... Read full review

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Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow. After writing down the tale The Owl Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association.

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