National Caribbean American Heritage Month Kid Lit Review of “My Island and I: The Nature of the Caribbean” by Alfonso Silva Lee

Colorful and whimsical watercolors by Alexis Lago illustrate the unique features of the Caribbean, from life in the seawater surrounding the islands to the oddities of the ecosystem on land. The focus is on how the animals and plants live together, and why we too should consider “rainbows, giant trees, tiny tiny frogs and speedy lizards” as “real friends and real family.” Both the author (a biologist) and the illustrator are natives of Cuba. They clearly love the subject of the Caribbean. In fact, in their Acknowledgments, they even write:

“Big thanks to the forests and reefs of the Caribbean, to each tree, fungus, snail, coral, crab and fish. Also thanks, of course, to the mountains, the clouds, the sea, the rivers and sun.”

This educational book is a great introduction to island biodiversity and is available in English and in a Spanish/English bilingual edition, as well as in other language formats.

Rating: 3.5/5

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1929165153
ISBN-13: 978-1929165155

Published by Pangaea, 2002

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5 Responses to National Caribbean American Heritage Month Kid Lit Review of “My Island and I: The Nature of the Caribbean” by Alfonso Silva Lee

  1. Sandy says:

    I am always enchanted when I go to the Caribbean, and this book sounds like it captures all those things that I find so alluring. I love that cover, it is gorgeous!

  2. This would be an ideal book for my 4 year-old nephew who visits Cuba often. LOVE that cover!

  3. It looks beautiful! We have lots of frogs and lizards around here that I consider friends!

  4. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    Beautiful illustrations!

  5. stacybuckeye says:

    I think Gage would really like the illustrations!

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