Jemmy Button Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings

" Appears on the NY Times Best Illustrated Books list. The sad and strange story of Orundellico, a boy from South America who was taken from his island and brought to England, but eventually returned home. I appreciate the importance of the story, but I don't see how this book wound up on the same list as Journey. " said.

" This book made me kind of sad. This is the story of Orundellico, a boy who lived on the islands of Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America. IN the early 1800s, he was traded for a mother-of-pearl button and taken to England by Captain Robert Fitzroy to educate him in English customs. Of course, England never quite felt like home to the boy. I like the thick pages and rich illustrations. " said.

" 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.

" 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.

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