The Resource What's cooking, Jamela?
- What's cooking, Jamela?
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- story + pictures by Niki Daly
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- Whats cooking, Jamela?
- trueSouth Africa
- South Africa -- Fiction
- Blacks -- South Africa -- Fiction
- Chickens -- Fiction
- trueChickens as pets
- trueChildren and animals
- Christmas -- Fiction
- trueChristmas -- South Africa
- trueCooking, African
- trueGirls -- South Africa
- trueGirls and chickens
- trueMothers and daughters
- Jamela is responsible for fattening up the chicken intended for Christmas dinner, but instead she gives it a name and makes it her friend
- Children’s Africana Book Awards, Young Children, 2002.
- Ages 3-7. Once more the characters from Jamela’s Dress (1999) have uproarious fun in the crowded street and at home in their South African black township. There’s nothing new about the story. Jamela wants to stop the grown-ups from cooking her pet chicken for Christmas dinner, and everyone knows she’ll succeed in the end. The fun comes when Jamela bungles the rescue and the chicken gets loose and spreads chaos everywhere. Daly lives in Cape Town, and his words and pictures capture Jamela’s dynamic world, where Christmas comes under a summer sky and many people wear bright clothes in African prints. A few words from several languages are woven in: Aikona (Zulu for No!) and mielies (Afrikaans for corn), and the Wise Men in the school nativity play wear Madiba shirts (the glossary explains that Madiba is the affectionate Xhosa name for Nelson Mandela). The post-apartheid visual details are dramatic: in Jamela’s small house the sink has two faucets (showing there’s both hot and cold running water), and there’s a black announcer on the television screen. (Reviewed November 1, 2001) -- Hazel Rochman
- PreS-Gr 2 –The child introduced in Jamela's Dress (Farrar, 1999) is back in another story set in her South African township. When her mother buys a live chicken to fatten up for Christmas dinner and puts Jamela in charge of its care, the girl names it "Christmas" and becomes so attached to it that she can't bear to let it be slaughtered–after all, "you can't eat friends." Energetic and exuberant watercolor artwork highlights Jamela's close-knit family and bustling community. An enjoyable read that children will ask for year-round. --E. M. (Reviewed October 1, 2001) (School Library Journal, vol 47, issue 10, p64)
- The exuberant heroine of Jamela's Dress returns in a new adventure, What's Cooking, Jamela? by Niki Daly, that finds her determined to save Christmas, her pet chicken, from a starring role in the family's holiday meal. In a most satisfactory ending, Mama and Jamela prepare a vegetarian meal for the family instead. The tale opens a window on South African culture, from a school nativity play ("Jamela played Mary and carried baby Jesus on her back like a real mama") to brightly patterned fabrics and a sprinkling of colorful Xhosa and Zulu vocabulary. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
- /* Starred Review */ When her family purchases a young chicken, Jamela names her Christmas and enthusiastically helps to fatten her up for her namesake holiday. She gives her food and water, talks to her, and gives her gifts. Mama worries about the moment when Jamela will realize that the chicken must be cooked. She is right to worry. Jamela runs away with the chicken, only to lose it in a crowd. A mad chase ensues as Mama, Jamela, and Mrs. Zibi (the would-be chicken killer) attempt to recapture Christmas as she runs through the market, in and out of a taxi, and into Miss Style Hairdressers. Of course, Christmas is saved, because "You can't eat friends." Daly (Bravo, Zan Angelo!, 1998, etc.) seamlessly interweaves elements of the culture and language of a modern South African township in both the lively text and delightful, detailed illustrations. Jamela plays with African carved figures and animals, as well as a Mickey Mouse toy. The school nativity play includes Basuto hats, Madiba shirts, marimbas, and the baby carried on its mama's back. The market is full of color and movement. A warm, close-knit family and community lovingly nurture Jamela. All the characters, major and minor, are drawn as distinct individuals with expressive faces and body language. The entire work is carefully crafted, from the chickens running across the endpapers to the glossary that clarifies word origins and meanings. But it is Jamela who is the star. She is mischievous, boisterous, loving, generous, worried, determined, even defiant, and it's all there in her face. This little girl is a charmer and so is her story. (Picture book. 3-8) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2001)
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