Justice Pon Di Road by Aliona Gibson is a travel diary of sorts through the eyes of her little boy, Justice.
Justice is visiting Jamaica for the first time to see where his father was born and so we discover this Caribbean gem in the way that most of us in the region often take for granted. A walk through a country village is a chance to take in the sights and sounds of island life. It also brings a reminder that not everyone is too busy to notice a newcomer and also that we can still care for each other.
Travel photos have been animated and words and phrases unique to Jamaica and other words which cross island borders are highlighted. The use of word sounds help to engage the reader and makes it a book that a parent or teacher will enjoy reading to young children.
Justice Pon Di Road is a treat as we observe fishermen bringing in the days catch, roadside sellers with their fruits and tasty goodies, and other people in the community who are making a living while looking out for their neighbours.
I have to say I smiled and cringed a bit at some of the advice that passengers on a taxi and people roadside dish out to the mother and child but that is Caribbean life. Everyone gets in your business and gives you child rearing tips whether you ask for it or not.
The glossary at the back provides details on the various Jamaican words and phrases used in the book, which may not be familiar to the reader. More information on Jamaica is also given as the book closes.
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