by Michael Capek


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761355458
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Country Explorers Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 832,443
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: IG600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 9 Years

About the Author

Born in rural northern Kentucky, Michael Capek was rescued from youthful shyness and academic failure by communing with nature and reading. Writing gave him a voice and an identity in his teen years and offered a path out of self-doubt and despair. An encounter with author Jesse Stuart in his first year at Cumberland College (Williamsburg, Kentucky) confirmed what he had sensed for years—that his own destiny lay in teaching and writing. Michael married his high school sweetheart, Terri Richardson, in 1969, and they spent a combined 58 years teaching in Kentucky's public schools. Michael retired from the classroom in 1996 to write full time. Today, he roams the same valleys he explored as a child, still finding peace and inspiration in nature, reading, and writing. Sharing those things with children—particularly his grandchildren—continues to be one of his greatest joys.

Table of Contents

Welcome! 4

Wet and Wild 6

Across the Island 8

Warm Weather 10

Early Days 12

The Jamaicans 14

Big City 16

Family Ties 18

Shopping 20

Patois 22

Celebrate 24

Getting There 26

Game Time 28

Time for School 30

All Dressed Up 32

Art 34

Dub Poetry 36

Reggae Beat 38

Religion 40

Barbecue Time 42

The Flag of Jamaican 44

Fast Facts 45

Glossary 46

To Learn More 47

Index 48

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