Annotations for Sugar Cane : A Caribbean Rapunzel


Baker & Taylor
A version of the folktale Rapunzel, set in the Caribbean.

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Baker & Taylor
Sugar Cane, trapped in a tower overlooking the sea with only a pet green monkey named Callaloo for company, sings a beautiful song in hopes that someone will hear her--and break the spell of the evil island sorceress, Madame Fate.

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HARPERCOLL

"You live in a tower without a stair,
Sugar Cane, Sugar Cane, let down your hair."

Stolen away from her parents on her first birthday by island sorceress Madam Fate, beautiful Sugar Cane grows up in a tower overlooking the sea. With only a pet green monkey named Callaloo for company, Sugar Cane is lonely?her only consolation is her love of music. Often she stands at her window and sings, imagining that the echo of her voice is someone answering her. Then one night, someone does hear her song, but could this young man with a gift for music break the spell of Madam Fate and help Sugar Cane set herself free?
Patricia Storace's lyrical and poignant retelling of the Rapunzel tale in a Caribbean setting is perfectly matched with Raúl Colón's lush illustrations. An unforgettable feast for the senses.


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