A Net to Catch Time by Sara Harrell Banks

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Cuffy wants to buy a boat someday and become a fisherman like his father. In order to earn money, he'll have to do a good business selling his grandma's deviled crabs. From the Gullah culture of Georgia's beautiful Sea Islands comes A Net to Catch Time, a warm family story that recounts a day in the life of a spirited little boy. Follow Cuffy from FIRST FOWL CROW (5:30 in the morning) when he catches the crabs, to SUN LAY OVER (2:30 in the afternoon) as Cuffy watches his grandmother prepare them, to CANDLE LIGHT TIME (twilight) when the island is quiet and the stars come out. Each dazzling spread shows a new time of day, and each time of day has its own lyrical Gullah name. Scott Cook's pastels create even more warmth and flavor in lively island hues. A glossary of Gullah expressions is included.  
 

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Sara Harrell Banks won the 1997 Georgia Author of the Year award for "Under the Shadow of Wings." This novel was also an "American Bookseller" Pick of the Lists and hailed by "School Library Journal" as "Powerful [and] compelling," with a narrator "reminiscent of Harper Lee's Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird.""Ms. Banks is also the author of "Remember My Name, The Way Was Through the Woods, " and the picture book "A Net to Catch Time." She lives in Savannah, Georgia. Sharon Arms Doucet's "Why Lapin's Ears Are Long" was praised by "The Horn Book": "the ambiance bounces out of the bayou like an alligator 'dancing a Cajun two-step.'" She lives in Lafayette, Louisiana. Scott Cook has created many books for children. He lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
 
Published December 9, 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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A day in the life of young Cuffy, the son of a fisherman on a barrier island off Georgia, set to a Gullah ``calendar,'' which, Banks notes in an afterword, she found ``oddly beautiful.'' Before Cuffy's story starts, there is a glossary, followed by Cook's sweet watercolor rendition of the diurnal...

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The net to catch time of this evocative book's title would be language itself--more specifically, the dialect of the vanishing Gullah culture. A Gullah boy, Cuffy, is fast asleep while his fisherm

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The ""net to catch time"" of this evocative book's title would be language itself--more specifically, the dialect of the vanishing Gullah culture.

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