It'll be Irie by Donn Swaby | Coming Soon – Cardinal Rule Press
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It’ll Be Irie

Staying True to Yourself

By Donn Swaby

Illustrated by Alejandra Barajas


What's wrong with Jamaican Christmas Cake? Everything, if it's not American!

Raymond is moving with his family from Kingston, Jamaica to Queens, New York and he can’t wait to show everyone how American he can be! Whether it’s through books, magazines, music videos and movies, he learns about America in any way he can, even if some of his sources of information are out-dated. However, on Raymond’s first day of school in America, his every attempt to impress everyone with his “American-ness” backfires. What’s worse, his new classmates doubt if he’s Jamaican at all. It’s not until Raymond remembers what he loves most about being Jamaican – making Jamaican Christmas cake – and shares it with his new classmates, that he gains the courage to be himself.

It'll Be Irie will captivate young readers’ hearts with the story of a head-strong immigrant child's humorous attempt to embrace a new cultural environment. In addition, it also offers readers a figurative taste of the underrepresented culture of Jamaica.

  • Release Date: Summer 2023
  • Dimensions: 9 x 10
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Hardcover Picture Book, Ebook
  • Age Range: 5 to 7 years old
  • ISBN: 9798985805178
  • Lexile Level: 580
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: M

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It’ll Be Irie
by Donn Swaby

Free Reader's Guide

Lesson plans on emotional vocabulary, activities and reading comprehension discussion questions to allow parents, teachers and caregivers to explore the topic further and deepen comprehension.

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It’ll Be Irie
Illustrations by Alejandra Barajas

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Storytime Read-Aloud

Donn Swaby reads his first children's book and shares insights about the underrepresented culture of Jamaica, with ASL interpreter Heather Dew


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