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J Is for Jamaica
     

J Is for Jamaica

by Benjamin Zephaniah, Prodeepta Das (Photographer)
 

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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

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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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From the Publisher
The striking coloured photographs on each page breathe meaning into the diversity of Jamaican life and contrast vividly the sometimes drab existence we have in the UK Not only in the bright colours but in the attitudes to life, which is for living, and love, which is for everyone
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.

Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076092
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
World Alphabets Series
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,294,823
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Benjamin Zephaniah is the author of many books including J is for Jamaica and We are Britain for Frances Lincoln. He is one of Britain's best-known poets for both adults and children and is highly popular as a performer and broadcaster. He lives near Stamford, Lincolnshire.PRODEEPTA DAS was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russiaand B is for Bangladesh. Prodeepta lives in London.'

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