Cover image for Jamaica
Lye, Keith.
Personal Author:
Franklin Watts library edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Franklin Watts, [1988]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Provides a fascinating and colorful introduction to the way the people live in Jamaica.
General Note:
Cover title: Take a trip to Jamaica.

Includes index.

Format :

On Order



An introduction to the geography, history, economy, government, culture, and people of the third largest island in the West Indies.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4These books follow the same format as others in the series: reproduc tions of the flag (uncaptioned) on the title page, a brief listing of statistical and other information (currency, reli gion, main cities, etc.) on the verso, and handsomely reproduced color pho tographs. Unfortunately, the texts nev er rise above the level of a good ency clopedia article, and the titles are not uniformly good. Of these four, Jamaica is the least successful. Beside the usual metric measures (translated in paren theses), Lye also uses some English spellings and phrases, e.g., molasses is defined as ``thick treacle.'' The govern ment is identified as a monarchy under Britain's Queen, represented by a Go vernor-General, but Lye does not men tion the Commonwealth, and says ``the Prime Minister is the head of the gov ernment'' but doesn't mention Parlia ment. Other parts of the text read like a travel brochure. Nicaragua, Nepal, and Syria are all more matter-of-fact in presentation. None ignore the prob lems of poverty and illiteracy in these Third World nations, and Nicaragua does mention the civil war and its ef fects, and even includes a picture of a Contra camp. Syria briefly mentions conflicts with Israel, but does not dis cuss causes. World Book or the World mark Encyclopedia of the Nations offer children as much, if not more, solid in formation.Rosanne Cerny, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.