From the Publisher
"Children Jamaica's age, struggling with the concepts of right and wrong, will undoubtedly find Jamaica's moral dilemma of great interest." Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There are happy endings all around when Jamaica finds an old stuffed animal and has the satisfaction of returning it to the grateful owner. Ages 4-8. (October)
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
A Reading Rainbow Book selection, this charming book about a six-year-old girl named Jamaica is celebrating its twentieth year in print with an affordable paperback edition. Thousands of young readers have been entertained and enriched by the everyday adventures of Jamaica, who is curious, intelligent, kind, honestand very recognizable to anyone who is around six-year-olds for any amount of time! The story begins with Jamaica at the neighborhood park, where she finds two things by the slide: a red woolen cap and a stuffed toy. The decision to turn in the cap to the man at the counter of the Lost and Found department at the park house is easily and quickly made. But the stuffed toy? That one takes a little longer. With the help and understanding of Jamaica's family that night, she eventually chooses to take her fuzzy friend to the Lost and Found counter, too. She quickly finds out who the toy belongs to, and, in turn, finds a new friend. The watercolor paintings illustrating Jamaica's tale are charming, sensitive, and beautifully done. The expressions on her face tell the reader all they need to know about Jamaica's dilemma, and her happiness at having made the right choice!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 A picture book lesson in the ethics of returning lost items. When Jamaica, a young black girl, finds a hat and a stuffed dog in the playground, she returns the hatbut not the dogto the lost and found office. After her family reminds her that the dog was probably lost by a little girl just like her, she reconsiders and turns in the dog. Jamaica's final find is the little white girl who lost the dog, and it looks as if the two will become friends. Not much story here, and neither the text nor the muted watercolors, which sometimes appear to be muddy, rises above the pedestrian. Yet Havill does address a situation common to many children, and her lesson, offered as it is from within the warm arms of a loving family, is painless. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''