Back of Book: Jamaican poet and entertainer Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as “Miss Lou,” played an instrumental role in popularizing Jamaican patois internationally. Through her art, Miss Lou helped pave the way for other poets and singers, like Bob Marley, to use patois in their work.
I received a copy of this picturebook from Owl Kids Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
This bright and engaging picture book follows the early life of poet Louise Bennett Converley and her joy of writing. Louise was filled with words that bubbled up from inside. The problem was that not everyone agreed with her words. It took courage and determination for her to pursue what she loved. pieces of Louise’s poetry is sprinkled throughout the text. It gives readers a great introduction into the words that Miss Lou loved so much. The illustrations by Eugenie Fernandes are filled with color and life. Thre is a note from the author in the back of the book that shares more about life and writing. The back of the book also has a glossary and references.
This is a beautiful nonfiction picture book that is a perfect addition to any poetry unit, or Nations Women’s Month unit.
Ages 5 and up