Age Range: 4 – 7 years
The second book by Niki Daly about this spunky little heroine.
Christmas is drawing near and Jamela’s mother decides to go and buy a chicken from Mrs Zibi. If they feed it well, it will be nice and fat by Christmas time. Jamela accompanies her mother on the chicken-buying expedition and suggests calling the chicken Christmas. But by the time Christmas-day comes, Jamela has made a pet of Christmas. And as the ladies at the hairdressers where Jamela and her mother and Mrs Zibi fetch up after the “wild-chicken chase” all agree: one does not eat one’s friends!
Niki Daly's groundbreaking Not So Fast, Songololo, winner of a Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Jamela's Dress, first in the Jamela series, was another milestone book, chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000, and winning both the Children's Literature Choice Award and the Parent's Choice Silver Award. He lives in Mowbray, a bustling Cape Town suburb.