Jamaica’s find

jamaica's findJamaica 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
ISBN: 9780395453575
Target audience: 5 to 7 years old

Jamaica and the substitute teacher

jamaica teacherJamaica likes the substitute teacher, Mrs. Duval, right away. So when there’s a spelling test, of course Jamaica wants to please her by spelling all the words right. But this time something goes wrong and Jamaica has to make an important decision. . . . What will Mrs. Duval think of her now?

The book really captures the essence of childhood. I could almost bring myself back to my first grade class as I was reading this book. I love the Jamaica books. And she every much so ressembles me: black, braided hair with colorful ornaments. All Jamaica books teaches a valuable lesson to young children about right or wrong. Here, Jamaica wants to please the substitute teacher so bad that she copies from a friend during the test. Mrs Duval helps her understand that she does not have to be perfect to be special. Although the book was published more than 15 years ago, it does not really show and can easily be read to today’s children. Highly recommended.

❤ this book!

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Junita Havill & Anne Sibley O’Brien
Publisher: Reading Rainbow Book (Houghton Mifflin Company)
Publication date: 2009, 1986
ISBN: 9780395453575
Target audience: 6 to 8 years old
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