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Benjamin Zephaniah Biography

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  6 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Growing up poor and on the move, Benjamin Zephaniah didn't tap into his true potential until he had sunk into the depths of despair.





His way with words, his mother's love and his strong sense of community helped him to overcome the obstacles in his path.





The moving story of a man who informs and amuses people all over the world with his love of life and his rapping rhythms.
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Published January 1st 1999 by Tamarind
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Kay
Oct 11, 2011 Kay rated it really liked it
Benjamin Zephaniah was born in Birmingham in 1958, the first of twins. His family were the only black family in their neighbourhood; he and his twin sister were the only two black people in their school. At the age of eight he was hit in the face which caused him to have a life-long scar (both physically and mentally). By the time he was nine he had six other siblings, including more twins, and his parents constantly argued. Then one day his mother packed cases and told them they were leaving ...more
Frank A
Jun 15, 2012 Frank A rated it liked it
Children need positive role models and this is exactly what he is. He has a way with words which engage the audience. This would be an interesting read for children and adults eager to learn more about Benjamin Zephaniah's moving story.
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Mar 07, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
I recently read AND listened to Benjamin Zephaniah's poem 'Dis Poetry'. It was an amazing piece of performance. I was so impressed with it that I decided to incorporate it into a topic lesson during SBT1 for Black History Month. I managed to find an animated presentation online, which gives a slide by slide description of the poem. The class loved it, they found the language/dialect/accent very entertaining, and coupled with the animations, it really was a hit.
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Verna Allette Wilkins is the author of 30 picture books and biographies for young people. Her books have been featured on National Curriculum and BBC children’s television, and been chosen among the Children’s Books of the Year. She was born in Grenada and lives in London.
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