Author: Amelia Lau Carling
Illustrator: Amelia Lau Carling
Publisher: Groundwood Books, 32 pages
SAWDUST CARPETS describes the annual Good Frday procession in Antigua, Guatemala, including the creation of multicoloured sawdust carpets, as seen through the eyes of a little Chinese girl. Amelia's family embrace their Chinese roots as well as the Guatemalan influences in their lives - statues of the Virgin Mary and Kwan Yin sit side by side, and dragon boat races are discussed over dinner while, outside, Antigua prepares for another dramatic and colourful celebration of oly Week. Carling's illustrations are suffused with delicate and warm colours, and evoke the excitement and pleasure of the Lau family's experience of this important Antiguan religious tradition.