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Jamaica's Find


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Juanita Havill is the author of many picture books including several stories about Jamaica. She and her husband have two grown children. Anne Sibley O'Brien has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the Jamaica stories. She has two grown children and lives with her husband and cat in Maine.


When Jamaica finds an old stuffed animal in the park, she wants to keep it, but with her mother's gentle prompting, she decides to turn it in to the lost-and-found. Soon after, she meets Kristin, who lost the dog, and takes pride in reuniting the girl with her treasured toy. Children Jamaica's age, struggling with the concepts of right and wrong, will undoubtedly find Jamaica's moral dilemma of great interest. O'Brien's watercolors are warm and appealing. Although no attention is called to the fact that Jamaica is black, the book's depiction of a happy black family will provide a valuable role model for children of all races. (48)

"Children Jamaica's age, struggling with the concepts of right and wrong, will undoubtedly find Jamaica's moral dilemma of great interest." Publishers Weekly

K-Gr 2 A picture book lesson in the ethics of returning lost items. When Jamaica, a young black girl, finds a hat and a stuffed dog in the playground, she returns the hatbut not the dogto the lost and found office. After her family reminds her that the dog was probably lost by a little girl just like her, she reconsiders and turns in the dog. Jamaica's final find is the little white girl who lost the dog, and it looks as if the two will become friends. Not much story here, and neither the text nor the muted watercolors, which sometimes appear to be muddy, rises above the pedestrian. Yet Havill does address a situation common to many children, and her lesson, offered as it is from within the warm arms of a loving family, is painless. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''

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