I first discovered Benjamin Zephaniah when I was doing work experience in a year 5 classroom His Jamaican patois makes his poetry into a sort of rap and you can really hear the rhythm.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 his poems really resonated with me, for example, He s a Fox Hunter, he said We can tell from a variety of his poems that Zephaniah is an animal lover In some of poems I also literally laughed out loud, others I didn t have a clue what he was trying to say.Overall I did enjoy this poetry book, and I don t tend to enjoy poetry much Love these poems. One Of The Coolest Poets For Children, Benjamin Zephaniah S Talking Turkeys Has Something To Say Talking Turkeys Is The Very First Ground Breaking Children S Poetry Collection From Street Poet Benjamin Zephaniah Playful, Clever And Provocative, This Is Performance Poetry On The Page At Its Very Best First published in 1994, Zephaniah s poems are as fresh and relevant as they were back then 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 He provokes conversations on the monarchy he was ALWAYS going to refuse that OBE it s clear in his words right here and he has some strong yet affecting thoughts on consumerism and preservation of our wonderful planet I loved it. Talking Turkeys is a collection of poetry by Zephaniah who is a Jamaican children s poet The front cover of the book is highly engaging and colourful, Zephaniah is depicted with his arm around a turkey who is wearing Jamaican accessories This wacky image with engage and stimulate children to want to read the book, allowing them to gain confidence with this non standard form of poetry Zephaniah uses lots of informal and conversational language which is not usually what you typically expect to find in traditional poetry Zephaniah s incorporate his Jamaican patois, breaks standard rules of grammar for example there is written dere and includes a variety of bold lettering and large font The style is colloquial and informal which reflects how children speak to other another outside the classroom, when in the playground, for example Children enjoy rhymes, songs and texts which have a rhythm all of which are catered for in this poetry book This approach will allow children to get excited about poetry and engage them at a young age This collection of poems could be used both with KS1 and 2 as it covers a wide variety of topics which children will have experience with, for example little sister, dinosaurs, sweets and heroes. This is a great read and will put a smile on your face You can really feel the rhythm of each poem, running through and that is what I enjoyed most about this collection of poetry Although there were some poems that I couldn t connect with, I feel that with this collection, the poems are meant to be read aloud instead of read 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 Who s Who a fun, simple poem about the traditional views of gender and roles. I absolutely love poetry and this love was sparked when I discovered Benjamin Zephaniah and his work I actually have my own signed copy of this book as I use to always attend live performances of Zephaniah performing his work, in which I would also bring my pile of his poetry books to The poem in this book talking turkeys may be my favourite Zephaniah poem as it is so fun to read and I love the way in which Zephaniah manages to throw his voice into the book by the way in which he writes and words that he uses Be nice to yu turkeys dis Christmas 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 book in particular also tells the reader a lot about Zephaniah and his personal life which I think is really nice for children and helps them to feel connected to the author. A vibrant compendium of rhythmic poetry, this book is a fun read Zephaniah writes with a jovial Jamaican twang and illustrates with a creative typeface and playful images Politics, veganism and animals are prominent themes, touched upon with varying weight and humour Zephaniah s words provoke and invoke he challenges the reader to question societal ideals but also encourages compassion and equality I think Talking Turkeys would be a brilliant book to use in KS2 classrooms, with the focus on reading out aloud and creative writing Beyond de bell is a brilliant poem about bullying and A day in the life of Danny the cat inspires imagination Although the colloquialisms dere waz make this book accessible to children and enjoyable to read, care should be taken addressing the potentially confusing grammar and punctuation. This book is Dedicated to the earth and the children who care Zephaniah B, p5 Let s get this straight There are some poems here that don t promote correct punctuation and grammar as the words are often phrased in Jamaican Patois It s also unconventional, strange and confusing in parts That said, this collection, strange as it is is quite charming and clever, very humorous and does have a tendency to make you want to turn the page to see what s coming next The collection has a range of poems including the gentle but humorous Little Sister on p20 the self titled Talking Turkeys p88 who are cool, have a love for reggae and hip hop and would make great guests alive at Christmas apparently and the anti grammatical According to my mood on p24 I have poetic licence, I WriTe thE way I want, I drop my full stops where I like gives you an idea of what I mean.This is a great read aloud book suited to KS2 children and has some really unique illustrations and photographs that bring each page to life Would I recommend it Of course I would If only to see, read and believe it for yourself Enjoy. The only reason I didn t give the book 5 stars is that there are a few poems I don t get Luckily there are only two or three of them so I can live with it The other poems I love I read and reread them over and over again and i still think they re brilliant So 5 stars for most2 stars for a few
A British Jamaican writer, dub poet and Rastafari He was included in The Times list of Britain s top 50 post war writers in 2008.
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- Talking Turkeys (Plus)
- Benjamin Zephaniah
- 09 January 2018 Benjamin Zephaniah