Author: Johnson, Dinah
A young girl living on the coast of South Carolina imagines what life could be like for girls like her in other parts of the world.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/22)
School Library Journal (09/30/22)
The Hornbook (00/09/22)
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School Library Journal - 09/30/2022 PreS-Gr 2—A young girl with brown skin and black hair wonders if somewhere across the ocean is another girl like her. Johnson's near-rhyming verse is as lulling as the sea: "Every morning at day-clean, when the sun is just about to rise, I pretend that Indigo Beach is mine!" Cunha's textured soft pastels create a wistful, dreamy atmosphere. Through the girl's musings readers will learn words and phrases specific to her culture: day-clean, sweetgrass, goobers, Frogmore Stew, Karimba music. The author's note explains that people who live on the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida sea islands are called Gullah or GeeChee and descend from Sierra Leone. Relative isolation has preserved their culture and language and they still have much in common with their ancestors today. VERDICT A gorgeous book that will touch every child's longing to connect with someone "out there" who is like them. —Hillary Perelyubskiy - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.