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Some people have dresses for every occasion but Afiya needs only one. Her dress records the memories of her childhood, from roses in bloom to pigeons in flight, from tigers at the zoo to October leaves falling. A joyful celebration of a young girl's childhood, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet James Berry.
Gustas is nearly killed in the hurricane, trying to save his banana tree; Nenna and her brother Man-Man patrol the cocnut plantation in the dead of night, ready to catch interlopers; Becky longs for a bicycle and Fanso longs to find his father who walked out thirteen years ago. This is a wonderfully atmospheric collection of contemporary short stories that bring James Berry's Caribbean childhood vividly to life.
A brilliant and inspiring book that includes selections from all his classic collections such as When I Dance, Playing a Dazzler and A Nest Full of Stars, as well as some wonderful brand-new poems. A definitive work.
This is a collection of short stories about children and young people in Jamaica. Full of wonderfully atmospheric background detail combined with the rhythms and patterns of speech, these contemporary narratives bring to life a culture highly relevant to multi ethnic Britain. Stories include Becky and the Wheels and Brake Boys ; A Thief in the Village ; Tukku Tukku and Sampson ; All other Days Run into Sunday ; The Mouth Organ Boys ; Elias and the Mongoose ; The Pet, The Sea and Little Buddy ; Fanso and Granny-Flo ; and, The Banana Tree .