Reviews for Song for Jamela


Booklist Reviews 2011 January #1
In the fifth entry in the popular series set in a contemporary South African city, the eponymous Xhosa girl is delighted to spend the day helping out in her aunt's salon. The real excitement comes, though, when Bambi Chaka Chaka, star of the TV hit Afro-Idols, strolls in for a pre-show 'do. After a fly-swatting accident leads to a hair disaster, Jamela finds a creative (albeit temporary) solution that earns her an invitation to see the diva on stage. The combination of Jamela's everyday dramas and the details of her multicultural community creates a rich, entertaining story. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 August #2
Jamela's back, and she's bo-o-o-red. It's the second week of summer vacation, and already she's run out of things to do. She spends her days moping, annoying her mother and grandmother and waiting to watch Afro-Idols on television. Imagine her surprise and pleasure when one of the contestants, Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka, suddenly shows up at Jamela's aunt's beauty salon, where she has been invited to spend the afternoon. Unfortunately Jamela manages to get on the nerves (and in the way) of everyone at the beauty shop, too. Even worse, her pursuit of a pesky fly precipitates an unintended reverse Mohawk for Miss Chaka Chaka. Jamela's quick thinking and her aunt's clever fingers save the day, however, and free tickets to the Afro-Idols finals are the icing on the cake. Once again Daly ably paints an engaging picture of contemporary life in South Africa that highlights the globalization of culture. The lengthy text flows smoothly, and the loose, energetic illustrations depict a world that is simultaneously familiar and exotic. Jamela's back—hooray! (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 October

K-Gr 2--As boredom sets in over the long summer holiday, Jamela lies around, waiting for her favorite TV show, Afro-Idols, to come on, until her grandmother rousts her off the couch. At first Jamela helps out in the kitchen, but all too soon she gets in the way. Later, Gogo drops her off at Aunt Beauty's hair salon and tells her to stay out of trouble. The salon is a busy place, and there is a big commotion when Miss Bambi Chaka Chaka, a glamorous star on Afro-Idols, enters the shop. The child is as starstruck as everyone else. Mama Bula tells her, "Don't just stand around like a trolley in a supermarket. Do something useful." She is given the task of swatting a bothersome fly and, in typical fashion, she attacks her job with exuberance, resulting in a disastrous haircut for Bambi, who is asleep in the chair. Jamela saves the day by coming up with an ingenious, albeit temporary, solution to the problem. Daly's humorous and colorful illustrations reflect everyday South African scenes from a child's point of view. The illustrations, utilizing digital art, appear somewhat more stylized and with sharper lines than the watercolor art in previous Jamela books. A lively addition for most collections.--Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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