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El Hallazgo de Jamaica

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  128 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Jamaica is a young girl caught between doing the "right" thing and keeping a stuffed dog she finds in the park. Following her conscience, she returns it, but does not feel good about her decision until she experiences the elation of reuniting the real owner with the lost toy. Only then can she understand why her choice was indeed the right one.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Lectorum Publications (first published March 24th 1986)
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Salima Hart
This is a story about a little girl that finds some great things in the park. She decides to turn most of those things in to the park ranger; everything except a little stuffed dog. Jamaica takes the little dog home and shows it off to her family. Much to her surprise, instead of being happy about the dog, her family encourages her to return it to the ranger so that the rightful owner can find it. After long contemplation, she decides that her family is right and returns it to the park. While pl ...more
Rebecca Sherod
This book tells the story of a little girl, Jamaica. It begins with her playing alone at the park one day. While there, she finds a red hat, which she returns to the lost and found, as well as a stuffed animal dog she decides to keep. Later that night, her mother praises her for returning the hat, telling her she did the right thing, then suggests she maybe should have returned the dog as well. After dinner she begins to feel guilty about keeping the stuffed animal, so she talks to her mom and ...more
Avery Schlosser
Avery Schlosser
Jamaica’s Find

In the book Jamaica’s Find, the author Juanita Havill conveys the message that you should never take what’s not yours. In the book, we meet a young girl named Jamaica. While playing at the park one day, Jamaica finds a red hat and a stuffed dog by the slide. She takes the hat to the lost and found at the park, but she keeps the stuffed dog and takes it home with her. When she gets home, her family gives her a hard time about having the dog. They wont let her i
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Little Jamaica is a young girl who loves playing at the park. Whenever there is extra time, regardless of if she is alone or not, Jamaica will ride her bicycle to the park and swing on the swings, slide down the slide, or climb the jungle gym. One day, Jamaica is playing at the park alone after school when she comes across a small stuffed dog, worn from hugging, full of grass stains and missing a button nose. Jamaica quickly picks up the dog and places it into her bicycle basket, traveling home. ...more
Bianca Arias
Sep 06, 2014 Bianca Arias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Jamaica's Find" written by Juanita Havill is about a little girl who finds a stuffed dog at a park, and as any child is expected to do they want what they've found for themselves. When bringing this dog back home, her family expresses to Jamaica that it is not right for her to keep something that was not hers. She pleaded that it would be okay to keep the dog because she wanted it. Now Jamaica in the beginning of this book displays the young innocent selfishness that any kid would but she quick ...more
Kassidy Pine
Sep 09, 2014 Kassidy Pine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamaica’s Find is an inspiring book that displays a young girl who is an innocent and appealing character. The young girl Jamaica finds a hat along with a stuffed animal dog that is not hers in the park. After finding the hat she returns it. Upon returning the hat she decides to keep the dog and in doing this she discovers her conscience. Aware of her new state of mind she feels the need to be honest.

The illustrator allows the pictures to look as though they were painted with watercolor, helpin
Jessica Davis
The book "Jamaica's Find" by Juanita Havill is a Children's picture book.

The book was about a Jamaica finding some items left at the park. She turned in a hat, but held on to something else she liked. She took it home and her mother explained that some child might be looking for it. I gave this book 4 stars because the message of the book was good. (If you find something you should always try to find the owner if possible because you don't know what it means to them). I would read this book to m
Oct 31, 2014 Aria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story that makes you feel the struggle of a little girl when she finds a stuffed toy and doesn't want to take it to the lost and found. Jamaica finds a hat and a stuffed dog at the playground. She returns the hat to the lost and found easily, but keeps the dog. After she gets home she starts feeling the tugs of guilt that maybe the dog belonged to another child who is missing it. Its a great story and teaches children about empathy.
The story line offers children a variety of things to think a
Feb 23, 2016 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read most of the Jamaica series by Juanita Havill and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien. I like Jamaica's Find in that it presents a learning situation with a moral dilemma that Jamaica has to work through and has gentle advice from her family. The book captures a moment of growth in a child's life that all children can relate to and emphasize with. Anne Sibley O'Brien illustrations capture Jamaica's emotions and thoughts. The composition and sensitivity of the illustrations expand on th ...more
Alexandra Welsh
Apr 07, 2012 Alexandra Welsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jamaica's find is about a little girl who goes to the park and finds a red hat and a stuffed dog. She takes the hat to the lost and found at the park, but keeps the dog and takes it home. Jamaica tells her mother what she found and she says that she returned the hat, but she liked the stuffed dog and wanted to keep it. Her mother was proud that she returned the hat, but said she should have returned the dog too. Jamaica's family says the dog is dirty and not to put it on the table. Jamaica gets ...more
Kenya Chase
Jamaica’s Find is a realistic fiction book for grade 3 and above. The book won the Ezra Jack Keats Award in 1987. The story is about a little girl playing at the playground. She happens to find a hat and a teddy bear while she is there. She goes to the lost and found and turns in the hat but she does not turn in the bear. She decides to take the bear home with her. Jamiaca’s mother ask about the bear and she tells her mother where she found the bear. Jamaica wants to keep the bear but her mother ...more
Lucy Hernandez
Feb 09, 2012 Lucy Hernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: multicultural
The story is nice. It shows how nice is when people is honest and friendly. It does not matter what is your skin color as long as you have your heart filled with clean thoughts and have a good disposition to make others happy. Life is short and why not make it easier and pleasant to yourself and others? Little good things you do toward people can be the difference to change the world.

Have a discussion with children. Be emphatic in letting them know that the color of skin does not deter
A little girls finds a stuffed animal at the playgroud and decides to take it home. After a change of heart, she returns to it the lost and found at the park and finds the girl who belongs to the dog.

5/18/15 Just read this to the preschool group at storytime at my library for a Lost and Found theme and they were so quiet and focused on this book. It really held their attention. I thought it would be too long for them but it was a hit. It got a nice "Aww" from parents at the end and a round of
Bonnie Chang
Jamaica's Find is a great book that allows for children to have a text-self connection. Often times children find things that do not belong to them. The right action would be to return the lost items to a lost and found. Instead, Jamaica decided to keep the stuffed animal she's found on the playground to herself. That night she is overcome with guilt. What if the person looking for their stuffed animal was terribly sad? What if the person thought they would never see their beloved stuffed animal ...more
Betsy Owens
Does the author have something to say to a child? Yes, the message is very clear

What message (theme) is the author trying to convey? You can’t just keep something you find – the person who lost it probably wants it back.

Does the book allow a child to share in human emotion? Yes, I think most children can relate to what Jamaica was experiencing. It is hard to do the right thing.

Does the book respect the audience? Yes, the book does a good job of not passing judgment on Jamaica’s original decision
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer (1987)

Some good Ethics for Kids in here about a girl deciding to return a sweet stuffed dog that she found in the park to the lost and found. Pretty illustrations make Jamaica and the dog seem very lovable. Good for 3-5s or elementary age children.
Shira Burns
Sep 11, 2010 Shira Burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever lost something that you wished you could find? Or better yet, found something that you wanted to keep? This is a situation that many children can relate to. Young readers will be able to connect to this text through the eyes of at least one of the characters presented. This book focuses on making the right decision when in one of the mentioned situations. This book can be used in the classroom to discuss good decision making skills.
Babette Reeves
Feb 25, 2009 Babette Reeves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book! It explores a child's world from a child's view and captures the difficulty of making hard choices between right and wrong. It "shows" rather than "tells" and avoids all preachiness. The parents are wonderful role models for us all, and I love how well and with such acceptance, Havill conveys a range of feelings. This should be in everyone's personal library.

Recommended ages: 4-10
Jamaica's find is a short story about a little girl who finds a few things on the playground and has to make the decision to turn the
Items in to the lost and found. This would be a great text to use to teach past tense verbs. It also would be great for teaching students to do the right thing. Children lose things all the time, and if they lost something they'd want someone to turn in their belongings.
Feb 14, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diverse characters in this book which I love! This book covers the lesson of telling the truth and returning somthing that was found. This would be a good read aloud for a class that had a students that took things and claimed them for their own. I believe this is an important character trait to teach, and this would be a great book a "Truth" lesson.
Jamaica's Find is a great book to read to students in the beginnig of the year or whenever you feel that honesty should be dicussed in the classroom. The little girl Jamaica finds a stuffed animal and decides that she should find the owner of the stuff dog she found at the park. Honesty is a great topic to cover with young children in the classroom.
This is a great story to read to prek on up to 2nd graders about not takign things that don't belong to you. In the end of the story when the dog gets returned to the little girl that jamacia took it from, she is so happy and it jsut shows kids how much it can help someone if you return things you find rather than just takign them.
Sep 15, 2010 Cassi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: back-to-school
This would be a good book to instill the idea of not taking things that don't belong to you. The little girl finds a dog and takes it home- her guilty conscience enables her to keep it. The next day she gives it to lost and found. She sees a girl on the playground looking for something... read to find out the rest. But i liked it!
Denesha Allen
I liked this book very much as a child. This book can be used in the classroom to teach children that it's a good idea to return items that don't belong to them. It's a nice multi-cultural story with a great morale for children who are often wondering what to do with special things they find and desire to keep.
Mary Anne
Aug 14, 2013 Mary Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Found this sweet little book in the repair pile. Jamaica goes to the park. She finds a hat and a toy dog. She turns in the hat to lost and found but keeps the toy but quickly realizes that someone might be missing the toy. Well worth repairing and replacing someday when it is beyond repair.
Guadalupe Ramirez
This is a heart warming book that teaches children about right and wrong and about hard choices. This book is also appropriate for making predictions. For example, students can start by making a prediction as to "What is Jamaica's find?"
Jasmin Garcia
Jamaica's find is the story about a little girl who finds forgotten items in the park and has to make the decision to return ALL items to the lost and found. Overall, great for teaching morals and past tense verbs.
Sep 13, 2010 Mekia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little girl named Jamaica finds a stuffed puppy on the playground that she grows attached. She gets upset when her mother tells her that she has to take the puppy to lost and foun for someone to claim it.
Thiss book will teach children a lesson of giving back. This is a literacy builder that creates challenges for children with the difficult words.
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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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