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 villTavio 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....
|Title||:||The Village Basket Weaver|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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The Village Basket Weaver Reviews
Every culture probably always questions how they will keep their culture alive and thriving especially when the world is becoming more and more connected on the daily. In the story, Caprio is the last person in his village that knows how to make the baskets from wicker or cane fibers. The baskets are so important to village because it makes a Caribbean delicious, cassava bread. Caprio is obviously getting older and soon will not be able to make the baskets, but he continues because he knows that he is the only one. His grandson, Tavio, finds his grandfather to sickly to finish the basket one day. So, through his grandfather’s careful instructions he finished the basket for the village. I choose this book because it shows a side of the Caribbean that people often forget about or don’t realize is so like the “main” Caribbean islands. Also, the tradition they talk about in the book is occurring across the Caribbean as a whole. Basket Weaving or cane weaving is a dying art and often I hear both my grandparents wish they had learned to do it. The plot of the book is easy and simple to follow for children of all ages, the length of the book would require some help for younger children. The story has the feel-good ending and simple problem solving that children’s books thrive on. The illustrations are by George Crespo, he accredits his illustrations to being able to take weaving classes while in Dominica. His illustrations are simple in form and allow children to still focus on the content of the story. Although his illustrations are simple they are very detailed and accurate. For example, the structure of the cassava basket in the book, is how a cassava squeezer looks like. I would argue that the book is a historical fiction book. Simply because cassava is accredited with being what saved Christopher Columbus and the other travelers on their journey. Overall this is a wonderful book to use with younger children to explain various cultures that they might not be exposed to.
A Wonderful Introduction to a Fascinating CultureSet in a seaside village in Belize, "The Village Basket Weaver" is a compelling, beautifully told, and touching story of a young boy, Tavio, and his aging abuelo, Carpio. Tavio watches Carpio weave a basket for preparing cassava bread and wonders how much longer he will be able to do so; all this time, grandfather secretly wonders who will be able to carry on this important Garifuna cultural tradition. These fascinating people, of African and Carib Indian ancestry, have preserved most of their cultural but, as this wonderful book aptly shows, they face increasing pressure from the industrial world.
This is a wonderful tale about the Garifuna people of coastal Belize and a grandfather passing down a dying art to his young grandson. It's a heartwarming story, both sad and inspiring. It makes you want to create something useful and beautiful that will inspire others.