Jemmy Button Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-30 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings

" A really neat and informative story of a man who wanted to learn something about another people, but always knew where he came from and where he wanted to go back to. The text aligns with the illustrations fantastically. I thought the pictures were a little crude, but I think it was a way to heighten the nature of the story. " said.

" A haunting and beautiful book, with the feel of a parable, based on a true story of an indigenous South American boy who is taken from his family and travels to Victorian England to be "civilized". Unlike so many similar stories, the ending here is not tragic. Love the illustrations- charmingly simple and sincere- which remind me of Waber or Ungerer. " said.

" More interesting than the pages within the book was how the book was created - by two authors/illustrators on two continents who didn't share the same spoken language. I didn't know the story of Orundellico (aka Jemmy Button) prior to this reading. It gives me another perspective on living in two very different parts of the world. " said.

" Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman & Valerio Vidali – Fascinating look at a boy who was taken from his native land and brought to England to adjust and be put on show. When he returned to his island, he relearned his language and quickly adjusted to native life. Interesting discussion opportunities connect to this book. Why do people insist that their life is better than others? Should people interfere and take a native person away from home? " said.

" Gorgeous artwork. Lush greens of the island, muted and more dull colors for England. The art is the selling point of this book although the narrative is fairly well done. The story raises some unanswered questions though about European explorers/travelers taking "savages" back home. Jemmy is shown almost always somewhat apart from others as he learns about his new European home. In the end, Jemmy returns to his true home which was his native land.NY Times Best Illustrated 2013 list " said.

" There's alot of potential in this left unexpounded. The themes itself were heavy for a children's story (colonialism, identity, individual in society, family, loss, displacement, culture etc) and at the very basic level, simplified to "home" for younger readers. Personally would've appreciated more backstory, and especially interaction with the islanders, who seemed overshadowed by the disproportionate "screen time" the colonisers had. " said.

" so yes i really love reading adorable picture books.a perk of my job.i read them a lot.don't usually review them. but i thought i'd add a couple i read yesterday.omgh the pictures in this are so sweet and pretty.and the story's good.i do find it really really sad that the 'civilized' would take the 'uncivilized' and 'civilize' them. I MEAN SERIOUSLY.(also, how many more times do you think i can use a word of 'civil' in a sentence?) " said.

" These beautiful pictures by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali are a fabulous "Eff You!" to colonialism. It's an absolutely beautiful book.(Best enjoyed by post-preschool kids, I believe. It's a rather complicated topic to explain to younger kids. Especially when you have to talk about concepts like colonialism, imperialism, and rights of indigenous peoples... It's a lot to pack into a story time.) " said.

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