Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jasmine's Parlour Day

Jasmine's Parlour Day by Lynn Joseph, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi (Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1994).

This is a beautiful, colorful book about a girl who helps her mother sell fish and sugar cake at a stand, or parlour, in Trinidad. Grifalconi captures the feel of the Caribbean and the lovely bright pinks. Joseph, who grew up in Trinidad, has her characters speak in the native patois which adds to the authenticity.  She has written many great Caribbean children's books.

Interested in making those delicious looking pink coconut sugar cakes?  Here is a recipe.