Birthday Suit

By Olive Senior; Eugenie Fernandes (Illustrator)
(Annick Press, Paperback, 9781554513680, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 2012

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"Naked is best "

Johnny loves nothing better than splashing in the ocean waves--naked. But Mom says now that he's four he's too old to run around without clothes on. She even buys him a pair of overalls with genuine 100 percent child-proof snap fasteners But they're no match for Johnny as he wriggles out of them.

Johnny's father explains that big boys wear clothes. Doesn't he want to be big like Dad? As Johnny gazes up, he decides that wearing clothes may be a small price to pay to reach such heights.

Everyone is happy as Johnny practices putting on his clothes. And now when he runs into the ocean, he makes sure to take his red swimsuit--but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll always wear it

Imbued with the lilt of the Caribbean and featuring illustrations that capture the warmth and humor of the text, this charming picture book is sure to amuse young children--naked or not

About the Author
Olive Senior was born in Jamaica in 1941. She lives both there and in Canada. Her first collection of short stories, "Summer Lightning" (1986), won the Commonwealth Literature Prize. She has published two subsequent collections of short stories, "The Arrival of the Snake Woman" (1989) and "The Discerner of Hearts" (1995). She has two collections of poems, "Talking of Trees" (1985) and "Gardening in the Tropics" (1995). She has written on different aspects of Caribbean culture and was editor of "Jamaica Journal".

Eugenie Fernandes is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her many works include the Little Mouse series, Earth Magic, One Hen and Kitten's Spring. She lives in southern Ontario.
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