Liline & Pepper: A Morning With Grann

Paw Prints. (Liline & Pepper: Bk. 2). Sept. 2023. 32p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781223187822; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781223187839.
PreS-K–It is the first day of kindergarten, and Liline, a young girl with brown skin, is reluctant to wake up. That changes when she smells the aroma of “kafe ak lét,” coffee and milk. Grann, Liline’s favorite person, is the kitchen. She pours the coffee, and as Liline eats breakfast, Grann tells her all about Haiti, her magical homeland where the coffee comes from. The stories continue as Grann walks Liline to school. Not only does this early reader address the first day of kindergarten, an important milestone for children, it also gently introduces Haiti in a simple and positive light and is a great title to share with children interested in the country. Back matter includes a glossary of Haitian-Creole words and information on Haitian culture, language, and coffee, supplemented with photographs and illustrations.
VERDICT A recommended first day of school story that is also an introduction to Haiti.

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