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J is for Jamaica

by Benjamin Zephaniah, Prodeepta Das

Part of the World Alphabets Series

J is for Jamaica Synopsis

From Cricket to Pumpkin, from Hummingbird to Yam - this is a photographic alphabet showing Jamaica in all its colourful diversity. In vibrant rhyming verse, Benjamin Zephaniah explores some of the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaica, from the bustling capital of Kingston, to the peaceful and serene Blue Mountain. A perfect way to introduce children to this small and beautiful Caribbean island with a big heart.

J is for Jamaica Press Reviews

The striking coloured photographs on each page breathe meaning into the diversity of Jamaican life and contrast vividly the sometimes drab existence we have in the UK Not only in the bright colours but in the attitudes to life, which is for living, and love, which is for everyone || ... beautifully vibrant photographs ... What makes this different from similar books, and therefore special for me, is that Benjamin doesn't stick to the usual touristy sights but shows us the zinc roofs of the downtown shanty towns in Kingston, the hair plaiting and the gatherings on the veranda, which are so much a part of life at the heart of the island. A lovely introduction to Jamaica for children ... || This book is an enchanting way of introducing children to this beautiful Caribbean island, as well as sharing in Benjamin Zephaniah's passion for poetry. Prodeepta Das's photographs add authenticity and atmosphere to the book || With a vivid poem and photograph for each letter of the alphabet, this is a beautiful introduction to all aspects of life in Jamaica. Sugar cane, pumpkin and ugli fruit are just some of the gorgeous foods on show, netball and cricket some of the sports. And behind it all is the wonderful background of a beautiful country. A book to feast the eye and the ear || This well-known series of photographically illustrated books has expanded to cover many worldwide localities. Although it is, strictly speaking, non-fiction the text here is unusual, and rather special: lovely, witty verses covering Jamaican life and people from A to Z. The author' s obvious affinity with this island comes across well, as folklore, poverty, colour and crops are all covered in sharp-eyed, sharply written pages with evocative photographs as a perfect accompaniment. || The verses are as full of Jamaican beauty as the stunning photographs. || With a vivid poem and photograph for each letter of the alphabet, this is a vivid introduction to all aspects of life in Jamaica. Sugar cane, pumpkin and Ugli fruit are just some of the gorgous food on show; netball and cricket are among the sports. Behind all are Prodeepta Das's atmospheric and vibrant photographs of a beautiful country.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845076092
Publication date: 15th January 2009
Author: Benjamin Zephaniah, Prodeepta Das
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages
Categories: People & places (Children's / Teenage),

About Benjamin Zephaniah, Prodeepta Das

Dr Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah was born and raised in Birmingham, England. He cannot remember a time when he was not creating poetry but this had nothing to do with school where poetry meant very little to him, in fact he had finished full time education at the age of 13. His poetry is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls 'street politics'. His first real public performance was in church when he was 10 years old, by the time he was 15 he had developed a strong following in his home town of Handsworth where he ...

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