How’s this for a cool idea, a literal literary Carnival.
Little Bell Caribbean (publisher of my book With Grace) worked with local stakeholders (like the Ministry of Education, the business community, and mas builders) in the US Virgin Islands carnivals to give characters from their catalogue of children’s book a visible presence on the road – why should Dora and Sponge Bob have all the fun, right?
Publisher Mario Picayo explained that the kids themselves worked on all the pieces under the instructions of the puppeteer. One hundred and two papier mâché stick puppets were made – 64 of which were used on St. Croix and 102 due for a showing at St. Thomas Carnival in April. Five large puppets were also made.
For St. Thomas they plan to add a Green Sea Turtle, big enough to be carried by three students. It will be a preview of a new book for the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge (GSRC) about Caribbean sea turtles.
Pretty cool, huh?
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