The music, the parade, the food – little Melba loves so much about Carnival that she can hardly sleep the night before!
Oh, no! How could her family leave for the morning parade without her?
As she hurries to the bus stop, the young girl meets a steel pan drummer heading to town, too. Oh, there goes the bus!
When they stop to help her friend Kelwin get his kite down from a tree, the bus passes them by again…
Hurrying to town, the group grows as birds and animals of Saint Lucia join them.
Will they get there in time to see the parade?
The author’s childhood memories of this Caribbean island come alive with vibrant images by the Brazilian illustrator. This title is also available in Spanish and French!
Find Creole word pronunciations and meanings at the end of the book, as well as more about Carnival – celebrated in many nations leading up to Mardi Gras (that’s today!) and other times as locally chosen.
What costume would you wear to join in the Carnival parade?
Book info: To Carnival: a Celebration in Saint Lucia! / Baptiste Paul; art by Jana Glatt. Barefoot Books, 2021. [author site] [artist site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.