"Who could resist playful, imaginative Jamela?" -- School Library Journal
When Mrs. Zibi arrives to prepare the Christmas meal, Jamela decides to save Christmas, her chicken, from going into the cooking pot. She sets off with the chicken in her arms . . . and a trail of chaos follows. Suddenly it's Jamela, not the chicken, who is in hot water. But, as Jamela proclaims on Christmas's behalf, "You can't eat friends!"
This boisterous Yuletide story for all seasons features the same colorful South African township characters who made Jamela's Dress, an ALA Notable Book, such a delight.
"A warm, close-knit family and community lovingly nurture Jamela. All the characters, major and minor, are drawn as distinct individuals with expressive faces and body language. The entire work is carefully crafted . . . But it is Jamela who is the star. She is mischievous, boisterous, loving, generous, worried, determined, even defiant, and it's all there in her face. This little girl is a charmer and so is her story." -Starred, Kirkus Reviews