Children's LiteratureThis rich and detailed book takes a look at the tropical paradise of Jamaica. It starts with the island's very beginnings as a volcano and ends with a map and a timeline of events in Jamaican history. The third largest island in the Greater Antilles of the West Indies, Jamaica is host to a variety of cultures and customs. This text discusses the history of these people, including stories about the slave trade and the mix of cultures from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Other areas covered are government, the economy, the environment, Jamaican lifestyle, religion, language, arts, leisure, food, and festivals. There are a plethora of beautiful photographs so that readers can see this tourist getaway for themselves. There are even a few drawings which showcase the art of its people, their poetry, and the famous Anansi Tales known all over the world. This text would make a great addition to any middle school geography or social studies classroom. Part of the "Cultures of the World" series. 2004 (orig. 1994), Benchmark Books, Ages 10 to 15.