Benjamin Zephaniah Biography by Verna Allette Wilkins


Benjamin Zephaniah Biography by Verna Allette Wilkins

Growing up poor and on the move, Benjamin Zephaniah didn't tap into his true potential until he had sunk into the depths of despair. His way with words, his mother's love and his strong sense of community helped him to overcome the obstacles in his path. The moving story of a man who informs and amuses people all over the world with his love of life and his rapping rhythms. Includes excerpts of Benjamin's poetry.


Full marks to Tamarind for their excellent biography of Benjamin Zephaniah. Children, especially boys, need positive role models and this, precisely, is what the series will provide. The text is thoroughly absorbing, perfectly pitched to its young readership and interspersed with quality illustrations and smatterings of the poet's own work. Highly recommended for children aged 9 upwards -- Anne Faundez Junior Education A useful and inspiring book written in language suitable for children aged 9-12, and for young people with literacy difficulties. Benjamin's story is charismatic; it drives hope into the hearts of those children who struggle with language difficulties -- Vanessa Ogdon The Magazine of the National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries Young readers are implicitly advised to follow their dreams and have confidence in themselves; and there are explicit warnings not to be bound by your own or other people's low expectations. These messages would have relevance to any child coming from a disadvantaged background or lacking self-esteem Books for Keeps

About the Author

Verna Wilkins is the author of 30 picture books and biographies for young people. Her books have featured on National Curriculum and BBC children's television, and been chosen among the Children's Books of the Year. She was born in Grenada and lives in London.

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48 pages
Interest Age: From 9 from 9 to 11 To 11


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Publication date

4th September 2008



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