A really wonderful poetry book for children, and even though I am past the age of being a child i truly enjoyed it. First published in 1994, Zephaniah's poems are as fresh and relevant as they were back then. In other poems the illustrations provide the lay-out of the poem in a fun and imaginative way allowing for the text to be broken up. The poems make the reader want to continue reading as they are playful, engaging and funny. Review originally posted on Benjamin Zephaniah is an incredibly talented poet and is a bona fide humanitarian who can touch everybody's heart. Benjamin Zephaniah became a very successful children's poet with his first book of poetry for children called Talking Turkeys which had to go into an emergency reprint after just six weeks.
With topics ranging from veganism to protecting the planet and all life on it, this collection of poems provides a wonderful blend of performance poetry that can be enjoyed by all. Or are you just judging without knowing. Talking Turkeys is another childhood memory which was read to my primary school class a number of times. His album Rasta, which featured The Wailers' first recording since the death of Bob Marley as well as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, gained him international prestige and topped the Yugoslavian pop charts. Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas, Don't eat it, keep it alive, It could be yu mate an not on yu plate Say, Yo! I thought that these poems would be excellent t to use in an English lesson as they most commonly about things the children would have experienced themse I read this book whilst I was on my placement in year 5.
You put your point across so superbly in all the poems of yours that I have read in the most effective in the strongest sense of the word way. Is this true of this poem? Repeat the song but sing it a bit higher. Biography Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is a British Jamaican Rastafarian writer and dub poet. At a young age he went through several schools before being permanently excluded at the age of 13. I once knew a turkey called……. His Jamaican patois makes his poetry into a sort of rap and you can really hear the rhythm. I love the poems in this collection, they're definitely aimed at kids but Zephaniah knows what he's doing and he does it well.
In relation to literacy lessons this would be a very useful resource within literacy as the students will be able to se examples in addition, this book can be used as a link to African - American author. A good resource particularly for those needing to become engaged with poetry. At a young age he went through several schools before being permanently excluded at the age of 13. The poems are also good for teaching children about rhyming couplets and they teach children about how poems can be structured. They grow these animals in cages and mutate them for better breeds and business And not to be genetically made for any farmer and his wife — Line 16. Turkeys jus wanna play reggae Turkeys jus wanna hip-hop Havey you ever seen a nice young turkey saying, 'I cannot wait for de chop'? Some of my favourites included: 'Little Sister' - Sweet and clever poem 'Vegan Delight' - I loved the rhythm in this one and how all the words just rolling off one another.
The types of poems that Zephaniah writes are so different and I think this demonstrates to children that poems should allow you to write about absolutely anything that you want to. This is an endearing and captivating book which is great fun to read for children as well Benjamin Zephaniah provides a streetwise approach to poetry which sends out messages in a humourous way. The poem that led me to eventually become a vegetarian is in this book and I think it's a great little number to pick up for kids that maybe need a helping hand into poetry. He writes about what he wants to write and you can really get a sense of his personality and culture from what he writes. Some of my favourites included: 'Little Sister' - Sweet and clever poem 'Vegan Delight' - I loved the rhythm in this one and how all the words just rolling off one anothe This is a great read and will put a smile on your face.
I had read and seen some of these performed so not sure why I didn't get around to reading it before but glad I did. The poems make the reader want to continue reading as they are playful, engaging and funny. I read this book whilst I was on my placement in year 5. He showed great promise as a poet, reading his poetry in local churches becoming well known among the local black Caribbean community. The effective imagery and informal language work well together and open up a world of possibilities for classroom activities. Zephaniah connects with modern issues and introduces new perspectives to a young audience. His Jamaican patois makes his poetry into a sort of rap and you can really hear the rhythm.
He says; keep them as your friend as they could be your best buddy. I got lots of friends who are turkeys An all of dem fear christmas time, Dey say 'Benj man, eh, I wanna enjoy it, But dose humans destroyed it An humans are out of dere mind, Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys Dey all hav a right to a life, Not to be caged up an genetically made up By any farmer an his wife. His poems are so simple but so effective. I read while listening to the poems that I could find on the music service Wimp, and I think this is one of the best ways to enjoy Zephhaniahs poetry. What follows is a summary: originally from America, turkeys reached Europe around 1524.
The structures of the poems are not complex but are effective. However, I had met and had long conversations with all of the poultry on the farm, and politely refused to eat my friends, and was perfectly happy to eat only vegetables. It is a breath of fresh air. Be good and show mercy to animals and they could be your Best Friend for a lifetime than any other human could be, is what is being said through this poem. I absolutely love poetry and this love was sparked when I discovered Benjamin Zephaniah and his work. This approach will allow children to get excited about poetry and engage them at a young age. Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas Cos turkeys jus wanna hav fun Turkeys are cool, an turkeys are wicked An every turkey has a Mum.