Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dispatches: Another Jamaican children's book enjoyed outside of Jamaica

I think I'll call some posts dispatches, as in breaking news:

The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback by Jana Bent and friends is the second in the series of books using multimedia, our music and stories to highlight the environment. The first, you will remember, was Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band, featuring among others, our own famous Shaggy.

Well it has been reported to me that in a school in another island the children and the teacher enjoyed The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback immensely. The children enjoyed the sing along, appreciated the environmental message, perhaps because turtles are big there, and the teacher asked if there were any more in the series.

And this is important because? Well our experience so far has been that the various islands/countries in our region do not as a rule read material from the other islands/territories. So can we take this as a sign that it's possible, and that we can try once again to promote our material in the other territories and welcome theirs? (Following upon previous post.) Do we even know what's possible now in this social network time?
I went on the website of this series of books and saw testimonials from persons/schools in the United Sates and Canada.

So in the light of the above, I want to ask if there are schools here who have also enjoyed The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback. If you know of this, please let me know. You see, if we spread the word about each book we produce being used/appreciated/enjoyed perhaps more books will be read. It might even seem like a cool thing! We might even have a children's book renaissance, a reading renaissance. What a something that would be!

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