Where's Jamela?
  • Where's Jamela?
  • Where's Jamela?

Where's Jamela?

by Niki Daly
     
 

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Mama and Gogo are tremendously excited about the new house they are moving to, but Jamela likes where they are and doesn't want to go. She starts putting her books and school things into a box, but eventually gives up, packs herself away and goes off to sleep. And just when the big truck is about to drive off, Mama suddenly shouts, "Wait, wait! Where's Jamela?" Mrs

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Mama and Gogo are tremendously excited about the new house they are moving to, but Jamela likes where they are and doesn't want to go. She starts putting her books and school things into a box, but eventually gives up, packs herself away and goes off to sleep. And just when the big truck is about to drive off, Mama suddenly shouts, "Wait, wait! Where's Jamela?" Mrs Zibi, Greasy Hands and even Christmas the chicken make an appearance in this delightful new African township story in which Jamela finally discovers that there's no place like home.

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"Jamela wasn’t happy about Mama’s plans. She loved their old house with its squeaky front gate to swing on. She loved her bedroom window and the world she saw out of it."
— from the book
Publishers Weekly
Third in the series that includes Jamela's Dress and What's Cooking, Jamela?, Where's Jamela? by Niki Daly finds the title character disappointed that her mother's new job means moving to a new neighborhood. When the packing is done, Jamela is nowhere to be found-until she emerges from an unlikely hiding place and is given a warm sendoff by friends and neighbors. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mama has a new job and a new place to live which means Jamela has to move to a new neighborhood. Jamela does not want to move away to someplace she doesn't know. She loves her room, she loves the view from her window at night, and she loves all the noises from the street outside her window. But move they must and soon the family is surrounded by packing boxes and the chaos of moving. Frustrated, Jamela climbs into a packing box and before long falls fast asleep. The whole neighborhood turns out to search for her and when she wakes up, a celebration begins. When Jamela finally gets to her new home, she finds it has everything she needs. But best of all, her new home has Mama and her grandmother, Gogo. Where's Jamela? is a universal story of fearing change. Jamela knows and loves her life as it is. Moving to a new place means all kinds of changes; changes that she does not want to make. The heart of this story is how Jamela adjusts happily to her new life with the help of her grandmother and Mama. After all, as long as you have your family along, the changes do not feel so threatening. Daly's soft palette throughout this book makes the story soft and cozy which integrates nicely with the theme of the story. 2004, Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 4 to 8.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Readers can almost hear the happy sound of Mama's bangle bracelets jingling as she pumps her fist with joy when she finds out that she has secured a new job-and with it, a new place to live. However, young Jamela isn't happy at the prospect of leaving all of the things she loves best: her squeaky front gate, her friends, and the evening star that she can see from her bed. Moving-day mishaps abound, and when a grumpy Jamela takes refuge in a packing container, she precipitates an upset that involves visits to numerous neighbors, affording youngsters a full view of her winsome world. A lovely generosity of spirit on the part of the adults in her life allows Jamela to redeem herself, regain her dignity, and settle in to "her new room in her new home-under the same old sky." A glossary of the South African words that so effectively flavor this treatment of a familiar theme is appended. Daly's warm, easy watercolors are full of motion, and convey both the unique sun-seared heat of the South African setting and the universality of common human experience. The endpapers are alive with Jamela's crayon drawings of her new house. With his gift for respecting children and the child in each of us, Daly offers a reassuring reminder that the love of family and the warmth of friendship (and even stars) move right along with us, no matter where we go.-Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bright-eyed, expressive faces and slightly exotic locales (to US audiences, anyway) give this South African moving-day-blues tale an extra lift. When Mama receives news of a new job and a new, larger house to go with it, she dances about the kitchen. Young Jamela, however, finds the prospect of leaving her familiar old house, familiar neighbors, and the star that shines through her bedroom window considerably less appealing-so much so that, to escape all the commotion of packing up, she climbs into a large box, and falls asleep. Panic ensues when the movers are ready to leave, and Jamela is nowhere to be found. When she does pop up at last, she and her mother get an exuberant sendoff from their friends, and that night, Jamela finds the same star in her new bedroom's window. Like Jamela's previous outings, this will captivate young readers with its engaging protagonist and warm portrayals of close family and community ties. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847803252
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
754,709
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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