FJN Book Review
We are happy to share our review of the first children's book with our readers. We love and appreciate the author for the hindsight to write this book because it is a great introduction to the Jamaican culture as seen through the eyes of a child. For those of us who grew up on the wonderful island of Jamaica, it brings back fond memories of our childhood and transcends us to a time when life was simple. Travelling to the country in the summer, stopping on the road to support the local vendors and fill our bellies with authentic Jamaican fruit and sweet sweet coconut water. Running down the street to Ms. Mattie shop to buy box lunches and homemade beverages. Taking a trip to town in a community taxi, sharing a ride and a laugh with other commuters. Friendly greetings on the road by on lookers, "stranger" being a concept that was truly unknown to us.
This book was written for children 3-5 years old, but we believe this is a great little book for children of all ages and adults too.
If your children were born abroad and you want to expose them to the life you knew as a child growing up in Jamaica, this is the book for you. If you are a long time admirer of this country though you have never visited the island, this is the book for you. If you are planning a trip to the island and need to know more about the people who live here, this is the book for you.
More than anything else, this book demonstrates the great love between mother and child.
Join Justice and his Momma as they experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaican culture on a morning walk. Justice pon di Road is a heart-warming tale about the kindness of strangers and the intrigue of a foreign country. Jamaica’s true beauty lies in its people, whom we learn through this sweet story, hold children in high regard. The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” has never rang more true than in the Caribbean’s most popular destination.
Justice pon di Road includes a glossary of patois words, facts about Jamaica, list of national heroes & other notable Jamaicans and map of the island. The back section of the book also includes beautiful personal photographs of Jamaica.
Beautifully illustrated with modern, realistic images which pay close attention to details of Jamaican culture, Justice pon di Road is a visual delight.
About the Author
This book was written by Aliona Gibson with illustrations by Andy Chou
Aliona L. Gibson took her first trip international trip to Kenya as a high school graduate. She enjoys serving as a story time volunteer at her local preschool. This is her first book for children. She lives in Oakland, California.
Andy Chou is a San Francisco-based artist originally from Wuhan, Hubei Province, P.R.C. He holds an MFA from the College of the Arts and is the founder and co-director of the Andy Chou Foundation, a charitable non-profit which seeks to mitigate issues of environmental degradation and social injustice through the power of art and philanthropy. Please visit www.theandychoufoundation.org to learn more or contribute.
You may obtain a copy of the book by visiting www.AlionaGibson.com
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