Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground and after taking him home without trying to find the owner discovers her conscience as well. Jamaica’s honest and appealing character inspired five more books, each about a childhood ethical dilemma.
Hum. I have conflicted feelings about this book. It was an amazing story, one from which children will learn a lot about right and wrong, and empathy. Beautifully written and accompanied by soft realistic water-painted illustrations. The audio book did a great job with musical arrangement and sound effects. The sound of birds chirping and steps on the ground and wind blowing in trees truly draws the reader in the story. There are two tracks: one with page turn signals, and the other without. The signal itself is not too strong, just enough not to disturb the fluidity of the reading. The thing that I did not like was the actual book. For a twentieth annyversary edition, I at least expect nice flyleafs and a hard cover. At least. The soft covers and the ads at the end of the book really diminishes the quality of the book. Such a shame. Still. This is a very, very nice story.
❤ this book!
Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Junita Havill & Anne Sibley O’Brien
Publisher: Reading Rainbow Book (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Publication date: 2009, 1986
Target audience: 5 to 7 years old