Written with freshness, humour and charm, these imaginative stories are about Ossie Johnson, a boy growing up in rural Jamaica. He discovers his district’s educational system, economic life, religion, politics, folklore, rituals and pastimes as well as its fears and terrors. They also lead him to wrestle with deep moral issues.
He encounters extraordinary individuals, including a man who
is an acrobat in body and character, a faith healer, a farmer who transports bees on his body, a higgler who is completely deaf, and a female stonebreaker who loves to watch kites flying.
This, the school edition, contains questions and activities for each story, and aids both student and teacher in gaining a comprehensive
understanding of this classic anthology.
Some key features:
• Credible characters, conflict and plot development throughout the stories.
• Many different story themes and sub-themes are explored.
• Engaging storylines make reading enjoyable and rewarding for young readers.
• Wide variety of challenging and interesting activities which cater to different learning abilities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Earl McKenzie (also known as St. Hope Earl McKenzie), was born in Mt. Charles in the hills of St. Andrew, Jamaica. He was educated at Paisley Elementary School, Oberlin High School, Mico College, Alberta College of Art, Columbia University, and the University of British Columbia where he received a PhD in Philosophy.
He is a former head of the English Department at Church Teacher’s College, Mandeville and is retired from the University of the West Indies, Mona, where he taught philosophy.
He is the author of three collections of short stories, one novel, three volumes of poetry, one multi-genre book and two texts of academic philosophy. He has had five exhibitions of his paintings.
In 2000 he was awarded a Silver Musgrave Medal for outstanding merit in the field of literature. In 2011 he received a Mico University College 175th Anniversity Award for distinguished service.