The Cloud with the Silver Lining

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The Cloud with the Silver Lining
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C. Everard Palmer
  • Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Ltd
  • Level: Secondary
  • Series: The C Everard Palmer Collection
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This is the story of a happy year. Milton and Timmy, two young Jamaican boys, kept their grandfather’s small-holding going after he had lost a leg. Tending the goats, feeding the hens, milking the cow, selling the produce – all this was fun. So was stalking a hen to find her secret laying place; so was the river in which they could set their fishpot or swim on hot, sunny days. It was Milton’s idea to buy Grandpa a buggy; it was their stall at the fair, the cloud, which proved the money-spinner. Their stall was the talk of the village, and the boys felt great. Warmth and colour fill this lovely story of life in the Jamaican countryside before the days of electricity. The fair, the cricket match, the fife and drum music of the John Canoe dancers, Grandpa’s triumphant first ride in the buggy – these were the highlights of that treasured year. Laszlo Ac’s sensitive and lively drawings add to the pleasure of this book.

Everard Palmer was born in Jamaica and lived there until a few years ago when he went to Canada where he now lives. His childhood was spent in just such a village as Boswell, inhabited by the kind of people who fill the pages of his books. All his stories so far have been inspired by memories of his childhood, and though people and incidents are imagined they could easily have been real. This revised edition includes new supplementary material including chapter summaries, an exploration of the book’s major themes, and post-reading comprehension activities.

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