Juanita Havill Jamaica Is Thankful

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Jamaica Is Thankful

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Jamaica's friend Kristin cannot keep her new kitten and hopes that Jamaica will be able to give her a good home. There's one problem - Jamaica's brother Ossie is allergic to cats. She wants to keep the kitten, but she also wants her brother to be healthy. In the end Jamaica and Kristin realize they should be thankful for everything they already have. Juanita Havill's down-to-earth storytelling, complemented by Anne Sibley O'Brien's warm watercolors, once again bring the inner lives of children to life and show there is a lot to be thankful for.

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Juanita Havill is the author of many picture books including six other stories about Jamaica. She and her husband have two grown children and currently reside in Arizona. Anne Sibley O'Brien has illustrated more than twenty books for children, including the Jamaica stories. She has two grown children and lives with her husband and cat in Maine.

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Kindergarten-Grade 1—Jamaica wants to keep the kitten her friend gives her, even though her brother is allergic. She attempts to hide it in her closet, but Ossie suffers a sneezing fit after he dons a football jersey on which the feline has been napping. Jamaica confesses to her father about the stowaway, and the cat is returned to her friend. Kristen, who does not have a brother, reminds Jamaica that she's much more fortunate to have a sibling than a pet, and Jamaica agrees. The watercolor and pastel illustrations are warm and sweet, especially those featuring the black-and-white kitten; it's too bad the text isn't as equally engaging. While its lesson on priorities is an admirable one, Havill's writing is a bit stiff and lacks some energy, which will limit the book's appeal.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR END

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