My day with the panye

Tami Charles

Book - 2021

"In the hills above Port-au-Prince, a young girl named Fallon wants more than anything to carry a large woven basket to the market, just like her Manman. As she watches her mother wrap her hair in a mouchwa, Fallon tries to twist her own braids into a scarf and balance the empty panye atop her head, but realizes it's much harder than she thought"--

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780763697495
0763697494
Main Author
Tami Charles (author)
Other Authors
Sarah Palacios (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Fallon couldn't be more excited about accompanying Manman to the market. She not only gets to wrap her hair in a mouchwa in imitation of her mother but also gets to carry the panye. It's an honor and a rite of passage for which Fallon, and all the girls in Haiti, must be ready. Fallon balances the basket on her head for a moment before it topples off. Manman reassures her that she must be patient—"little by little the bird builds its nest"—and advises Fallon to be observant when they're at the market. This advice isn't lost on Fallon, and readers might also take note of the wisdom. While the text honors the work of women and girls who keep communities strong and traditions meaningful, Palacios' cheerful illustrations are as vibrant and lush as the island itself, a perfect complement to Charles' tribute to the women of Haiti. An author's note provides context and deeper recognition of the coexistent beauty and devastation that the island and its people have endured for centuries. Grades K-2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Sketching Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Charles (All Because You Matter) centers Fallon, a brown-skinned Haitian girl who envies her mother's ability to carry the family's panye on her head as she walks to and from market. As Fallon's first-person narration relays how she tries and fails to balance the basket atop her silk-wrapped hair, Manman counsels patience: "When I was your age, my Manman would say, ‘Pitit pitit zwazo fe nich li: Little by little the bird builds its nest.' Not everything is learned fast." In bright, complex colors and patterns rendered in gouache and assembled digitally, Palacios (A Way with Wild Things) paints houses; shops with French-language signage; "walls, still standing" post-earthquake; and a warm, sociable Port-au-Prince community. The tale celebrates how, in Haitian society, strong women support their families ("The panye means we are graceful when the load is heavy. We are strong, even when the Earth is not. We are family, fed from love"). Spotlighting a preservation of matrilineal skills and a compassionate parent-child relationship, this rich portrait of a tight-knit, resilient community simultaneously serves as warm encouragement to persevere when learning a new skill. Ages 5–9. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Sketching Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Charles (All Because You Matter) centers Fallon, a brown-skinned Haitian girl who envies her mother's ability to carry the family's panye on her head as she walks to and from market. As Fallon's first-person narration relays how she tries and fails to balance the basket atop her silk-wrapped hair, Manman counsels patience: "When I was your age, my Manman would say, ‘Pitit pitit zwazo fe nich li: Little by little the bird builds its nest.' Not everything is learned fast." In bright, complex colors and patterns rendered in gouache and assembled digitally, Palacios (A Way with Wild Things) paints houses; shops with French-language signage; "walls, still standing" post-earthquake; and a warm, sociable Port-au-Prince community. The tale celebrates how, in Haitian society, strong women support their families ("The panye means we are graceful when the load is heavy. We are strong, even when the Earth is not. We are family, fed from love"). Spotlighting a preservation of matrilineal skills and a compassionate parent-child relationship, this rich portrait of a tight-knit, resilient community simultaneously serves as warm encouragement to persevere when learning a new skill. Ages 5–9. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3—Manman is planning a special day for her daughter, Fallon, in the markets of Port-au-Prince, and little sister Naima will have to wait her turn. Charles sprinkles Haitian words into the text that give texture to this loving book, which is part interpersonal story and a part travelogue of sights and sounds."Manman wraps her hair in a silk mouchwa, brighter than the Caribbean sea. I twist my sun-yellow scarf into my braids, but it doesn't look as good as hers." Palacio's brilliant illustrations of slightly stylized, elongated figures with mahogany skin tones, make the meanings clear, as Manman adds a panye, or basket, to the mouchwa on her head, for bringing back supplies. Along the way, Fallon longs to carry the panye, but her mother cautions her that these things take time. There are metaphors for carrying the panye that extend to Haiti itself—that it sways under the weight of sad events but it is not crushed. The poetic writing and Fallon's assessment of her ability will touch children deeply. An author's note tells of Charles's affinity for and connection to Haiti, and the significance of the panye globally. VERDICT A few facts, a generous worldview, and a bonding of mother and daughter makes this book ideal for story hours and lap-sharing.—Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"In the hills above Port-au-Prince, a young girl named Fallon wants more than anything to carry a large woven basket to the market, just like her Manman. As she watches her mother wrap her hair in a mouchwa, Fallon tries to twist her own braids into a scarf and balance the empty panye atop her head, but realizes it's much harder than she thought"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A young girl in Haiti is eager to learn how to carry a basket to market in an exuberant picture book with universal appeal. 'to carry the panye, we move gracefully, even under the weight of the sun and the moon.'In the hills above Port-au-Prince, a young girl named Fallon wants more than anything to carry a large woven basket to the market, just like her Manman. As she watches her mother wrap her hair in a mouchwa, Fallon tries to twist her own braids into a scarf and balance the empty panye atop her head, but realizes it's much harder than she thought. BOOM! Is she ready after all? Lyrical and inspiring, with vibrant illustrations highlighting the beauty of Haiti, My Day with the Panye is a story of family legacy, cultural tradition, and hope for the future. Readers who are curious about the art of carrying a panye will find more about this ancient and global practice in an author's note at the end.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A young girl in Haiti is eager to learn how to carry a basket to market in an exuberant picture book with universal appeal. “To carry the panye, we move gracefully, even under the weight of the sun and the moon.”In the hills above Port-au-Prince, a young girl named Fallon wants more than anything to carry a large woven basket to the market, just like her Manman. As she watches her mother wrap her hair in a mouchwa, Fallon tries to twist her own braids into a scarf and balance the empty panye atop her head, but realizes it’s much harder than she thought. BOOM! Is she ready after all? Lyrical and inspiring, with vibrant illustrations highlighting the beauty of Haiti, My Day with the Panye is a story of family legacy, cultural tradition, and hope for the future. Readers who are curious about the art of carrying a panye will find more about this ancient and global practice in an author’s note at the end.