J Is for Jamaica

J Is for Jamaica

By Benjamin Zephaniah; Prodeepta Das (Photographer)

Frances Lincoln, Hardcover, 9781845074012, 24pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2006


In this engaging photographic alphabet, rap poet Benjamin Zephaniah introduces young readers to the sights, sounds, and tastes of Jamaica, from A to Z. From cricket to pumpkin, from hummingbirds to yam, J Is for Jamaica explores the colorful diversity of this small but beautiful island, from its bustling capital of Kingston to its glorious white sand beaches to the peaceful and serene Blue Mountain. Prodeepta Das’s lively photographs capture the heart and soul of this island nation, whose welcoming spirit is reflected in the friendly faces of its people.

About the Author
Benjamin Zephaniah is probably one of the most high-profile international authors writing today, with an enormous breadth of appeal, equally popular with both adults and children. Most well-known for his performance poetry with a political edge for adults and ground-breaking performance poetry for children, Benjamin also has his own rap/reggae band, and has appeared on desert Island Discs. He is in constant demand internationally to perform his work: he is (he thinks) Nelson Mandela's favourite poet, and is the only Rastafarian poet to be short-listed for the Chairs of Poetry for both Oxford and Cambridge University. His previous novels for Bloomsbury are 'Face' and 'Refugee' Boy'. He has also edited an anthology of poems 'The Bloomsbury Book of Love Poems' . Benjamin lives in East Ham, London.

Prodeepta Das's photographs have appeared in 20 children's titles. Both live in London.