Jamaica and Brianna

Jamaica and Brianna

by Juanita Havill, Anne Sibley O'Brien
     
 

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It's wintertime again, and Jamaica has to wear her brother Ossie's hand-me-down boots. She finds herself envious of her friend Brianna's pink boots with the fuzzy cuffs, and Brianna teases her about her ugly, old "boy" boots. But one word brings reconciliation for the two friends.See more details below

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It's wintertime again, and Jamaica has to wear her brother Ossie's hand-me-down boots. She finds herself envious of her friend Brianna's pink boots with the fuzzy cuffs, and Brianna teases her about her ugly, old "boy" boots. But one word brings reconciliation for the two friends.

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"O'Brien's warm, realistic illustrations of this vibrant African-American and her lively Asian-American friend are just right." Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Peer approval and the need for good communication are the themes of this quietly appealing story. Like many younger siblings, Jamaica is often stuck wearing hand-me-downs, in this case, her big brother's ``old gray boots.'' After her friend Brianna makes fun of Jamaica for wearing ``boy boots,'' the resourceful heroine enlarges a hole in the toe of one of the offending galoshes, thus speeding up the need for a trip to the shoe store. When Jamaica returns to school, resplendent in a brand-new pair of cowboy boots, Brianna is once again ready with a put-down. Hurt, Jamaica retaliates with a remark about Brianna's own footwear. As in her previous Jamaica books, Havill displays a clear grasp of what matters to children. The simple, direct prose finds its complement in O'Brien's cozy, realistic watercolors. The pictures of Jamaica and Brianna are convincing; an additional pleasure are the vividly rendered bit players (Jamaica's classmates and family) who grace the background of nearly every page. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Havill's books are characterized by a superb understanding of the inner lives of young children. Here, she shows how hurt feelings can trouble friendship in early school years. Jamaica thinks her friend Brianna is laughing at her boots. When Jamaica laughs at Brianna, her feelings are also hurt. Jamaica is likeable, but she's not perfect. Although Jamaica's behavior is flawed at the outset, she evolves into a heroine by the story's end. This picture book talks a lot about how friends can be ugly to each other in school. It might be a good book to help out a sister, brother, or even a friend who is hurting.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Another charming book about Jamaica, a young African-American girl. This time, the story concerns what happens when she and Brianna, an Asian-American classmate, allow envy to undermine their friendship. Jamaica has to wear her older brother's outgrown, worn-out boots one snowy day. She is not happy about this, and is not helped by Brianna's unfeeling comments. Nor does she appreciate her friend's mean remarks when she gets new boots. Both girls are upset and angry, but they are able to work things out in a satisfying way. O'Brien's illustrations are realistically and beautifully done. They derive their power from the artist's ability to re-create the whole gamut of emotions that can be reflected in little girls' faces. Her solid watercolor paintings wonderfully complement the text, which is gentle and understated. Never preachy or overly dramatic, Havill's tender and sensitive story can be used to help young children deal with negative feelings.-Carol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395779392
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
259,156
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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