Jamaica Is Thankful

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Jamaica's friend Kristin cannot keep her new kitten and hopes that Jamaica will be able to give her a good home. There's one problem—-Jamaica's brother Ossie is allergic to cats. She wants to keep the kitten, but she also wants her brother to be healthy. In the end Jamaica and Kristin realize they should be thankful for everything they already have.

Juanita Havill’s down-to-earth storytelling, complemented by Anne Sibley O’Brien’s warm watercolors, once again bring the inner ...

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Overview

Jamaica's friend Kristin cannot keep her new kitten and hopes that Jamaica will be able to give her a good home. There's one problem—-Jamaica's brother Ossie is allergic to cats. She wants to keep the kitten, but she also wants her brother to be healthy. In the end Jamaica and Kristin realize they should be thankful for everything they already have.

Juanita Havill’s down-to-earth storytelling, complemented by Anne Sibley O’Brien’s warm watercolors, once again bring the inner lives of children to life and show there is a lot to be thankful for.

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Children's Literature - Debby Willett
Jamaica's friend Kristin brings a big red shoebox over to Jamaica's room—and Kristin has a secret. Inside the box is a small kitten, Puffy, which Kristin cannot keep. Kristin already has an older cat who does not like Puffy, and she is hoping Jamaica will be able to keep the young kitten. That way, if Jamaica keeps the kitten, Kristin thinks she will still be able to come over and visit with Puffy. Kristin really wants Jamaica to keep Puffy, even though she sees it could be a problem for Jamaica. Even so, Jamaica agrees to hide the kitten in her closet. Therefore, a struggle begins for Jamaica—what she wants to do, and what she knows she should do. Her first problem begins when her brother Ossie comes into her bedroom and Jamaica has to hide Puffy in her closet. Ossie is very allergic to cat fur, and the kitten has been sleeping on his football jersey. From that point, Jamaica realizes what she has to do. Kristin and Jamaica talk about the things they should be thankful for and Kristin finds a home for Puffy. The watercolor and pastel illustrations are engaging for young readers. This book is part of the "Jamaica" series, and is excellent for young readers. The reinforced binding is helpful for public and school libraries. Reviewer: Debby Willett
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K-Gr 1—Jamaica wants to keep the kitten her friend gives her, even though her brother is allergic. She attempts to hide it in her closet, but Ossie suffers a sneezing fit after he dons a football jersey on which the feline has been napping. Jamaica confesses to her father about the stowaway, and the cat is returned to her friend. Kristen, who does not have a brother, reminds Jamaica that she's much more fortunate to have a sibling than a pet, and Jamaica agrees. The watercolor and pastel illustrations are warm and sweet, especially those featuring the black-and-white kitten; it's too bad the text isn't as equally engaging. While its lesson on priorities is an admirable one, Havill's writing is a bit stiff and lacks some energy, which will limit the book's appeal.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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When Jamaica's friend Kristin comes over, she's got a kitten in a shoebox with her. She can't keep the kitten, she explains, because her older cat doesn't get along with it. Would Jamaica like to have Puffy? Jamaica's doubtful, because her brother, Ossie, is allergic to cats, but Puffy's only a kitten, and he's sooo cute. It doesn't take long before Ossie starts sneezing (Jamaica had made a bed for Puffy out of his spare football jersey), and Jamaica reluctantly decides that Puffy will have to go to Kristin's aunt after all. Like its predecessors in the series, this has a winning simplicity. There are no hijinks, no tantrums-just Jamaica's hope and her subsequent acceptance of reality. Kristin should be thankful she can have a cat at all, says Jamaica, but she should be thankful, too, that she has a brother. O'Brien's warm pastel-and-watercolor illustrations depict Jamaica and her family with a soft-edged affection. It's not all bad to be reminded to be thankful. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618982318
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/19/2009
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Juanita Havill is the author of many picture books including six other stories about Jamaica. She and her husband have two grown children and currently reside in Arizona.


Anne Sibley O'Brien has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the Jamaica stories. She has two grown children and lives with her husband and cat in Maine.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

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