J Is for Jamaica

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From Cricket to Pumpkin, from Hummingbird to Yam - this is a photographic alphabet showing Jamaica in all its colourful diversity. In vibrant rhyming verse, Benjamin Zephaniah explores some of the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaica, from the bustling capital of Kingston, to the peaceful and serene Blue Mountain. A perfect way to introduce children to this small and beautiful Caribbean island with a big heart.
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Overview


From Cricket to Pumpkin, from Hummingbird to Yam - this is a photographic alphabet showing Jamaica in all its colourful diversity. In vibrant rhyming verse, Benjamin Zephaniah explores some of the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaica, from the bustling capital of Kingston, to the peaceful and serene Blue Mountain. A perfect way to introduce children to this small and beautiful Caribbean island with a big heart.
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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
An alphabetical introduction to the island. From ackee, Blue Mountain, and cricket to ugli fruit, veranda, and waterlilies, readers learn of some of Jamaica's flora, fauna, and familiar sights. The text is limited to four lines of verse for each entry and lacks in-depth information. The vivid, colorful photographs do much more to help readers visualize this tropical nation.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Bright, tourist-friendly photos of happy people at play alternate with views of verdant landscapes, exotic foodstuffs and typical flora and fauna in this alphabetical jaunt to Jamaica. Unfortunately, the accompanying quatrains demonstrate such pervasive indifference to rhythm (cricket "batters must be careful to protect their heads and knees. / The best players from Jamaica can play for the West Indies"), rhyme ("Jamaicans love their netball as well as their athletics, / And that is why they send a netball team to the Olympics") or clarity of expression ("Y is for yams, which are grown in the ground, / They are light and dark and long and round") that Zephaniah-a part-Jamaican poet better known in Britain than here-seems to be phoning them in. Children will come away more attuned to the special character of the island and its people from the more conventional, and systematic, likes of Ann Heinrichs's Jamaica (2003). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845076092
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: World Alphabets Series
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 781,908
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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