Not a Copper Penny in Me House by Monica Gunning

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A collection of poems that portray one child's life in the Caribbean. The book gives a glimpse of some of the hardships and joyful adventures of a Caribbean childhood. The poems' descriptive passages and images are complemented by full colour paintings.

About Monica Gunning

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A former elementary teacher, Monica has written several picture books for children, Perico Bonito, a bilingual book, and The Two Georges, a bilingual ABC book. Her latest work is Not a Copper Penny in Me House, an illustrated book of her poems, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. She earned a bachelor's degree from City University in New York City, and a master's degree from Mount St. Mary's in Los Angeles. Monica was named one of the Outstanding Elementary Teachers in the U.S. and is a member of a number of organizations devoted to children's literature. The mother of two sons, Monica is originally from Jamaica, West Indies. Who am I? "In the sixth grade, many years ago, I won the school's poetry contest for writing a poem entitled 'My Garden.' But my dream to be a writer lay dormant a long time. During a sabbatica lfrom teaching, I took a course in Children's Literature at Mount St. Mary's College and met several authors. In conversation, I realized there were stories in my head waiting to be put on paper. Elaine Pedlar lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Published January 27, 1995 by Macmillan Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Quiet, gracefully cadenced descriptions by a Jamaican-born author make a likable complement to Lessac's affectionate evocations of the island scene.

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Gunning's verse is liveliest when describing characters--like Nana, who walks to church ``carrying her shoes / like a treasure'' and, after stubbing her toe, says, ``Thank you God, / it wasn't me Sunday shoes''--but otherwise her work is more interesting for what it reports than for its language.

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