Happy Birthday, Jamela! by Niki Daly


Happy Birthday, Jamela! by Niki Daly

It's Jamela's birthday, and she and Mama are off to buy some new shoes. As soon as Jamela sees the Princess Shoes with their sparkly buckles and little satin bows, she falls in love with them, but Mama points out that she'll have to wear the shoes for school too, so a sad Jamela ends up with sensible black shoes. Alone in her room, Jamela tries her best to make the shoes look princessy with beads, glitter and glue. She only succeeds in making Mama very angry, but a lady called Lilly thinks Jamela's decorated shoes are fabulous.


Fans for the very popular Jamela series will enjoy this book. The story will strike a familiar note with all little girls who have ben taken out to buy new shoes and denied those they really wanted for a pair of 'sensible

's solution to transform her strong black school shoes into birthday girl shoes is very inventive and believable, although of course it does get her into trouble! The story deals sensitively with conflicts of this sort that can occur in any family and there is a happy development which brings about a resolution for all concerned. The illustrations are extremely expressive and add another strong layer of meaning to the story. www.writeaway.org.uk Niki Daly's fourth Jamela book, with its African township setting and vibrant illustrations, will strike a universal chord in every little girl who has ever dreamt of being a princess. www.bettybookmark.co.uk The Jamela stories of everyday life depict experiences that will resonate with young children, irrespective of cultural background. The Ultimate First Book Guide'

About the Author

Niki Daly

NIKI DALY has won many awards for his exuberant work. His groundbreaking Not So fast Songololo (1986), winner of a U.S Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Since then, he has been published across the globe and has visited and presented talks in several countries. Among his many Frances Lincoln books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children's Africana Book Awards of 2004. Jamela's Dress - first in the Jamela series - was another milestone book, chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000, and winning both the Children's Literature Choice Award and the Parent's Choice Silver Award.

Niki lives with his wife, the illustrator Jude Daly, in Mowbray, a bustling Cape Town suburb.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

1st April 2007



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