Jamaica and Brianna
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Jamaica and Brianna

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It's wintertime again, and Jamaica has to wear her brother Ossie's hand-me-down boots. She finds herself envious of her friend Brianna's pink boots with the fuzzy cuffs, and Brianna teases her about her ugly, old "boy" boots. But one word brings reconciliation for the two friends.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 3rd 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1993)
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Darren Shoneye
'Jamaica and Brianna' is a lovely story that deals with lots of 'PSE' issues ("Making Relationships" and "Manage Feelings and Behaviour") and it is great for teaching young children the importance of friendship and the problems you can face when you try to fit in. Being a person of Jamaican heritage it was lovely to see an author that had a main character called Jamaica; this was also very surprising too.

London is a very multi-cultural place and this is something that we should embace in our ev...more
Jamaica learns a lesson in this story, which she is able to pass on to her friend Brianna. Jamaica struggles with having to wear her brother's hand-me-down snow boots. Brianna makes fun of her. Jamaica's mother provides her with great advice about being concerned with what others think of her. When Brianna has to wear hand-me-downs one day,Jamaica is able to share the advice her mother gave her.
Alma Loredo
Jamaica does not like wearing the hand down clothes from her brother. Brianna, her friend, sees her and makes fun of her boots which causes Jamaica to say that her boats are ugly. Brianna accidentally tears her boots and has to buy some new ones so she buys some cowboy boats. Brianna took off her boots at school and did not want them because Jamaica said they were ugly until she confesses that they were also her older sister’s boots. This book gets children to think about what they say to their...more
Hannah Morrison
Another book teaching life lessons. I appreciate the use of multicultural characters that is so nonchalantly presented in the story. It's a great way to reach students that feel left out or ridiculed, even in elementary school. Havill uses a situation that many females can relate to to tell a sweet story of friendship.
Jamaica and Brianna by Juanita Havill tells the story of Jamaica, an African-American girl and Brianna who is an Asian-American girl. One day, when it snows, Jamaica wears her brother’s old boots. Comments between the two girls cause tempers to flare. However, in the end both girls are able to work it out.
Jade Saleem
This book is about being yourself. It will help young children with self idenitity and express to them that it is ok to be different. We are all unique indiviudals.
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Juanita Havill is the author of more than thirty books for children, including I HEARD IT FROM ALICE ZUCCHINI, a collection of poems about the garden; JAMAICA'S FIND, Reading Rainbow Review Book, IRA-CBC Children's Choice and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award); JAMAICA TAG-ALONG American Bookseller Pick of the Lists); and EYES LIKE WILLY'S (Crown-Lamplighter honor book). She lives and gardens i...more
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