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Jamela'S Dress Paperback – March 4, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Daly (Bravo, Zan Angelo!) splashes luminous watercolors across the pages of this warmly evocative picture book, set in his native South Africa. Jamela's mother purchases a length of costly fabric for a wedding, and after washing it, leaves Jamela in charge of the cloth while it dries. Jamela, however, can't resist playing dress-up with the gorgeous material. As she struts through town trailing the fabric like a train, passersby greet her with the refrain "Kwela Jamela African Queen!" She poses for a triumphant photo, but is crestfallen when a boy on a bike accidentally spoils the fabric. But all's well that ends wellA when her photographer friend wins a cash prize for the photo he took of regal Jamela, he replaces the ruined material. Daly displays a knack for pinning down domestic details that will resonate with his audience, from Jamela teetering about in her mother's red shoes to the look of contrition on her face as she gets a scolding. The affectionate interaction between mother and daughter is particularly well delineated; the bond of love between them emanates from the warmth of the oranges and yellows in the fabric at the center of the tale. Subtle accents add to the exotic flavor of the setting, from the Nelson Mandela poster hanging on a shop's wall to the chickens running loose in the streets. A sympathetic and light-hearted slice of life. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A delicious book full of noisy warmth ... Nick Daly's rhythmical musical language perfectly complements the bold pictures, the two merging together to form a vibrant beat of African expression || Bursting with life and charm ... Daly's depiction of South African town life is akin to the best kinds of travel illustration; it makes you want to walk right down the streets || This wonderful story set in South Africa tells how Jamela gets carried away by the gorgeous material her mother buys to make a dress to wear at Thelma' s wedding. Wrapping it around herself, she shows it off to all her friends. How beautiful it is and how beautiful she is in it. But parading the material around in front of her friends gets it damaged and Jamela feels terrible when she realises what she' s done. Luckily, there' s a happy ending for all in this warm-hearted story about a special occasion within a community || In this busy and engaging tale, Niki Daly has captured a reflection of multicultural, modern South Africa. Told through the persepective of a child, Jamela's dance through the streets tells a larger story of acceptance and change.
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The pictures move with the story, and are great discussion points. Children may not be aware that the story is taking place outside of their neighborhood which brings up the chance to discuss how other cultures may live. The end with the dress made with new fabric shows a more traditional style dress of the area, another discussion point.
With how little international books we can find in the US I recommend this one as a parent and educator. The children I read it to, from 3 years old to 10 all enjoyed the theme and the energetic illustrations.
Read-aloud time: 10 minutes; Interest level: K-3; possible theme: Love and Luck Together--a Pass-It-On Blessing
Buuuuut... well... she got a little carried away taking it to show everybody. And the fabric is ruined. There's a bit of a contrived happy ending, though I guess children mightn't realize it.
I love how realistically Jamela is portrayed. Volunteering to keep the fabric safe and the forgetting is *exactly* how children act. And I like that "Even Jamela was cross with Jamela" at the end - children really can be their own harshest critics. But what I really love is the final sequence - armed with new fabric, Jamela's mother (clearly having learned her lesson) stays with her and sings and plays as the fabric dries on the clothesline, and then she makes a dress for her daughter. It's clear how much they love each other, and it just sends warm fuzzy feelings everywhere.