Jamberry, illustrated and written by Bruce Degen, has always been one of my favorites, with its rich colors and wild adventures. A boy and a bear go in canoes, under bridges, on trains, in a hot air balloon, to the circus, and beyond to find the best berries to make jam. They see blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and hayberries, among many others in the rhyming world of Berryland. Berries spill from one page to another, ending in a cascade of berries on the final page. The story will capture the attention of any young child, as it did mine, with the bright colorful illustrations and the fun, “razzmatazz”-ical language. Degen has created a fantastic world within his pages, in which even the letters come alive with berries and leaves. Bring a hat and a canoe to catch all the berries you’ll find in Jamberry!
Post by Campbell Slatton