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Caroline Binch's illustrations for Hue Boy , written by Rita Phillips Mitchell, won the Smarties Prize. She illustrated the bestselling story Amazing Grace and several other Grace stories by Mary Hoffman. Gregory Cool , which Caroline wrote and illustrated, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and her Since Dad Left won the United Kingdom Book Award in 1998.To visit Caroline's website click here Grace Hallworth was born and brought up in Trinidad, where she trained as a librarian. In 1956 she moved to England and introduced storytelling in Hertfordshire as part of children's library education. In 1984 she became a full-time storyteller, and moved back to Tobago. She appears at many international festivals, on radio and on television, as well as serving on a number of children's literature award panels. Her many books include Down by the River , illustrated by Caroline Binch, which was a runner-up for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1996.

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Lots of new ideas for playground games here and an excellent way to introduce a new culture.The vivid illustrations by Caroline Binch really bring the book to life and draw the reader in to the life and customs of the region. The rhythms make this a wonderful book to read aloud and will have you clapping along. || The rhymes, games and songs remembered by Hallworth from her own Trinidadian childhood reflect the similarites and differences between British and Afro-Caribbean children's experience, and she points out in her introduction that many have their roots in European originals, adapted to Caribbean life. Binch's characteristic illustrations echo the atmosphere, soak up the sunshine and greatly enhance the attraction of the book. Traditional children's rhymes are repetitive, rhythmical and frequently nonsensical, funny, sometimes frightening and always memorable. This is a book in which some readers will revisit favourites and others discover new. || The whole collection hums with colour and vitality. || A lively and attractive collection. || The artwork of Caroline Binch, with wonderful figurative and action portrayal, is gorgeous.

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