Books Come Back to Carnival

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For the second year in a row, the Virgin islands Department of Education featured a carnival troupe that brought books to life and connected literacy with culture in a fun, community-wide, and organic way.

The carnival troupe was named “When the Trees Come Alive,” and was inspired by the book of the same title by St. Croix author, Zayd Saleem. The book was part of the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

Three trees, beautifully decorated “came alive” with culture and education.

There was a Virgin Islands tree, an African heritage tree, and the third celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The artwork was by Caribbean artist David Alfonso and the trees were printed and die-cut in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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  Giraffe Hears the Drum  comes to life with this giraffe character who greeted and danced down the parade route, and came to pose with Governor Kenneth Mapp and say “thank you” for supporting the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge program.

Giraffe Hears the Drum comes to life with this giraffe character who greeted and danced down the parade route, and came to pose with Governor Kenneth Mapp and say “thank you” for supporting the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge program.

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Mario Picayo