A Song for Jamela
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A Song for Jamela

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The summer holidays are here and Jamela is bored as a girl can be! All she can think about is the Afro-Idols TV final, so when she lands a job at Divine Braids hair salon, she can't believe her eyes when Afro-Idols celebrity Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka arrives at the salon to be coiffed. But while Jamela's idol dozes and Aunt Beauty designs her starry hairdo, a buzzy fly appear...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children's Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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I got this book sight unseen because I love these books.

This one falls a little flat for me. Jamela is bored, her mother sends her to visit with her aunt at her aunt's hairdressing salon, a star comes in for the South African version of "American Idol" (Afro-Idols... maybe it's not limited to South Africa? I don't know), she falls asleep while they braid her hair, Jamela accidentally smacks the hairdresser's behind with a flyswatter and the poor star ends up with a reverse mohawk from the razor....more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Parts of this were really enjoyable- mainly the setting in South Africa and all the little elements of their culture that show up in both the pictures and the dialog but also the whimsical lines of the characters that dance across the page. All of the women (and men too) portrayed are depicted as individuals with different facial structures and body shapes, all of which somehow come across as attractive despite not conforming with traditional standards of western beauty. On the other hand, some...more
I was going to only give this 4 stars, but my 3 year old keeps coming back to this, so there must be something about the story that has that extra bit of oomph. It is a fun and clever story, complete with uh-oh moments, dreams of being big, times with family, clever problem-solving, and even singing. I was worried about the focus on beauty, but even that is both matter-of-fact and humorous, so it may not be a problem as far as girl's esteem goes.
Connie Klever
Cute enough story about a young girl trying stay busy over the summer, and her interest in the show "Afro Idols" and it's star "Bambi Chaka Chaka". Illustrations are well done and it will appeal to girls bridging from picture books/readers to chapter books.
Eh. A good enough story about a spunky girl, with a message of being open to improvisation. Apparently, this is part of a series?
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