A Song for Jamela by Niki Daly


A Song for Jamela by Niki Daly

The summer holidays are here and all Jamela can think about is the Afro-Idols TV final. So, when she lands a job at Divine Braids hair salon, she can't believe her eyes to see Afro-Idols celebrity, Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka, in the salon. But while Jamela's idol dozes and Aunt Beauty designs her starry hairdo, a buzzy fly threatens to ruin everything. Can creative Jamela save the day?


This book has vibrancy and spirit ...This is a funny, busy, fast-moving story about a girl with spirit who has to show initiative. The illustrations are great fun, with excellent expressions and a sense of movement. English Association website * picture book stories depicting real life are relatively rare and this one is a treat... This is a warm, funny book, with colourful detailed illustrations which convey the social context, the richness of the relationships and the hilarity. Carousel

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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36 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

4th April 2014



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