Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Get to know the writer by watching this introductory video first:

What are the questions you would like to ask the writer?

Born and raised in Birmingham, England.  Rejecting the appointment as an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003, Zephaniah wrote:

Me? I thought, OBE me? Up yours, I thought. I get angry when I hear that word “empire”; it reminds me of slavery, it reminds of thousands of years of brutality, it reminds me of how my foremothers were raped and my forefathers brutalised. It is because of this concept of empire that my British education led me to believe that the history of black people started with slavery and that we were born slaves, and should therefore be grateful that we were given freedom by our caring white masters. It is because of this idea of empire that black people like myself don’t even know our true names or our true historical culture. I am not one of those who are obsessed with their roots, and I’m certainly not suffering from a crisis of identity; my obsession is about the future and the political rights of all people. Benjamin Zephaniah OBE — no way Mr Blair, no way Mrs Queen. I am profoundly anti-empire.

We are going to analyse some poems by Benjamin Zephaniah. Before we do, have a look at his webpage and browse it freely. What are the things that struck you because you did not know them before?

What do we need most in life? He thinks we need people. What do you think he means by this?

Let’s deal with the poem presented in the introductory video to Benjamin Zephaniah: “Talking Turkeys”.  Listen to the poet recite the poem and follow from the text.  Underline all the spelling variations you can spot.

Talking Turkeys

  •  Why do you think the poet wrote this poem?
  • What are the issues he raises?  Find evidence in the poem.
  • Why are there so many spelling variations? (Remember what he said about “colonialism” in the introductory video?)
  • What extra information do you learn about the writer from this poem?
  • Creative activity: choose another animal human beings eat and write yoru poem as if you were Benjamzin Zephaniah.  OR  choose another animal eaten by human beings or exploited by human beings and write a poem through the eyes of the animal itself.  Have fun.  Remember what Benjamin Zephaniah says about poetry and why he wishes young people would write it?

Now read another poem “People will always need people” and watch the video.

People need people,
To walk to
To talk to
To cry and rely on,
People will always need people.
To love and to miss
To hug and to kiss,
It’s useful to have other people.
To whom to moan
If you’re all alone,
It’s so hard to share
When no one is there.
There’s not much to do
When there’s no one but you.
People will always need people.

To please
To tease
To put you at ease,
People will always need people.
To make life appealing
And give life some meaning,
It’s useful to have other people.
It you need a change
To whom will you turn.
If you need a lesson
From whom will you learn.
If you need to play
You’ll know why I say
People will always need people.

As girlfriends
As boyfriends
From Bombay
To Ostend,
People will always need people-
To have friendly fights with
And share tasty bites with,
It’s useful to have other people.
People live in families
Gangs, posses and packs,
Its seems we need company
Before we relax,
So stop making enemies
And let’s face the facts,
People will always need people,
Yes
People will always need people.

–Benjamin Zephaniah

Now watch the performance of the poem “Money”, included in City Psalms (1992). It would help if you printed it.

Have you evern wondered about your national identity?  What does being Italian mean?  What does being British mean?  How do you think Italians are different from Brits? What are the stereotypes of an Italian?  of a Brit?

Now let’s proceed with another poem, entitled “The British”.

  • Why do you think Benjamin Zephaniah used the extended metaphor of cooking to describe the British?
  • What does the poet invite the reader to think of?
  • What are the ingredients for a ‘cool’ nation/dish?  What are the features of a ‘cool’ dish/nation?
  • What are the ingrediatents that make a nation/dish unpleasant?

The British

The poet discusses the issue of racism and multiculturalism. Watch the video and take notes. He also recites and mentions some poems we will analyse at a later stage.

Now you will have some fun watching the following video written by the poet himself. Why do you think he decided to shoot it? The analysis of some of his poems has certainly given you the necessary means to go beyond the face value of the video. It tackles … it is rich in intertextual references, such as….. because he wants to emphasise that…

Look at the two covers of the novel “Face”.  Which one do you like better? Why?

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FaceRead the following review written by a teen student, just like you.  It is taken from www.teenink.com

Do you like your face? Well, I like mine and so did Martin until he was walking home from a club with his three friends–The Group of Three. They were walking home through a bad part of west London and Martin and his friend Matt accepted a ride from two drug dealers who had been shooting up on heroine. They get in a crash and one of the dealers is killed and the other is arrested. Matt pries himself out of the car with a few broken ribs, but Martin is not so lucky. The car explodes in a big ball of fire, and Martin’s body is severely burned, but mainly it’s his face that is the problem. Martin blacks out and wakes up in the hospital a few days later. He can barely feel his face and he has troubles moving. In fact, he can barely move at all at first except for his fingers. His parents come to visit him in the hospital, and as soon as he wakes up his mom breaks down in tears and starts crying her eyes out. His dad on the other hand, who is normally very quiet, seems to be now completely lost for words, except for the occasional muttering to say he’s sorry. He sees therapists and doctors as well. A few days later his friends and girlfriend Natalie come to visit him. It’s his two best friends and his girlfriend, and Martin still describes it as one of the most awkward times he has ever had. He then gets facial reconstruction surgery, and although his face looks better, it will never look as it did before. So, after that Martin decides to go back to school for the beginning of the new term, and him and his friends drift apart, and him and Natalie just break up. He also gets in a couple fights and has a hard time adjusting to things at first. Then, at the end he realizes he can be who he is, regardless of how he looks. So I would say the moral of the story was a restatement of the phrase “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Overall I would give the book four out of ten, because it just didn’t seem very realistic to me or pull me into the story. In the section of reality the names in the story just seemed fake to me, whether it was the ridiculous names of the music and the clubs and raves, or if it was just Martin, the whole thing just seemed way to sugarcoated and cheesy. I would recommend the book to a younger audience, then, because maybe it would seem more real to them.
Do you like the way the review was written? Why (not)?
What are the features of a book review?
Do you agree with the reviewer’s response to the book? Why (not)?
Watch the book trailer and say whether you like it or not.
Then think of what a book trailer should have to invite the viewer to buy and read the book.
What would your booktrailer be like?

Benjamin Zephaniah has been interviewed by different people in different parts of the world.  I read manifold interviews and some questions struck me for their depth and for the purport of Benjamin Zephaniah’s answers.

What role do creative pursuits like poetry and art have to play in the current climate of global poverty, conflict and economic hardship?
When people ask me, ‘Are creativity and art and poetry relevant in political struggles?’, I used to say, ‘Go and ask Mandela. He knows the importance of poetry and arts in the struggle against apartheid.’ I’ve seen lots of liberation struggles where poets have said, ‘I don’t want to write anymore; I want to go and fight.’ And the revolutionaries have said: ‘No, keep writing, because we need you! We need our poets.’ People need somebody to articulate what the struggle is about. Politicians can get on a soapbox and say that we dream of a better land and all that stuff, but poets can visualize it better and put it into words and into the imagination of the people in a much better way than politicians can.
One of the political issues you’re most passionate about is racial equality. Are you encouraged by the level of progress that has been made in your lifetime?
I always get worried that if we say ‘nothing’s changed!’, people will go: ‘you’ve got a black president!’ And if we say ‘we’ve got a black president!’, then they’ll say: ‘but somebody’s just died!’ So you see what I’m getting at? There is a black president in the US, but you’ve still got racist people.
But things have moved on, there has been progress in some ways. I remember the days when in Britain you never saw black people in the media; now you do. And now we have a black British person [Steve McQueen] making a film – 12 Years A Slave – that’s mainstream, that Hollywood has recognized. So that’s progress.
But for a 16-year-old black kid in London, who’s walking around with baggy trousers, who may just want to hang out on the streets because that’s where the girls are… when he is stopped by a cop and asked: ‘What are you doing here?’, and he says: ‘I’m just looking for girls, why do you want to search me?’ – that’s when the tension starts. You can’t go up to that kid and say ‘well, Barack Obama is president!’
We’ve talked a lot about human rights. But are animal rights equally important to you?
One of the things that frustrate me is that in the human rights world, I know some people that are not really into animal rights, and vice versa. They say they are, but you know they’re not really active. I think you make a better case when you’re active, especially now when it comes to the environment and how important the environment is to us. And that means animals and land and humans. But yeah, I’m as passionate about animal rights as I am about human rights and I do think they overlap and connect.
Are you optimistic about the future of humanity?
Yes. This is something that I can’t really explain, and maybe it’s the spiritual part of me. I do think in the end that good will overcome evil. And if I didn’t, I would just give up. I would make a lot of money, I’d take my poetry and I’d concentrate on doing rap or something like that and get lots of girlfriends and just have a good time. But I want to contribute to good in the world.
I do really believe that good will overcome evil. And it’s so nice when you see good. Sometimes I’m amazed at some of these people that go to war zones and do medical work. I’m not talking about the political people; I’m talking about the people that just do humanitarian work helping people. So there are all these evil forces out there, but there are good ones, too, and I think the good ones will win in the end.

Identify the poems we analyzed that touch on the aspects he mentions in the interview. Which question do you like most?Why? What is the most important teaching by Benjamin Zephaniah you are going to take on board and investigate by yourself? I would really love to know. Obviously do not mention anything if the poet has not inspired you in any way whatsoever. Introducing and analyzing a poet in class does not imply that you must love that poet!

120928BenZeph_6721836I introduced this writer to my students many years ago, when his first novel was released.  I was told by an English teacher back in England that his writing would appeal to ESL students as much as it appeals to English mother tongue students.  I found his prose “real”, “full of life”, I found the issues dealt with in “Face” close to young people’s interests.  I love his social commitment and his urge to raise people’s consciousness and awareness to themes dear to me too.  I hope you have enjoyed this short journey into Zephniah’s world.  It was just a starter, so you can go on with other dishes if you wish.  You can read his poems, novels, plays or listen to his music.

I would like you to have fun with the subject-matter of the novel.  You know the themes, we discussed the characters.  Now be creative and be inspired by one of the following prompts:

  1. Create a Book Trailer (https://spark.adobe.com/) or Bookreview
  2. Page of a Blog (write a review of the book and invite other bookworms to read it)
  3. Interview Benjamin Zephaniah (http://www.spreaker.com/)
  4. Write a Poem as if you were Martin Turner (1 before the accident, 1 at the end of the novel)
  5. Interview Martin Turner
  6. Write one of the pages of Martin’s diary (you choose what stage of the book to focus on)
  7. Write a different end to the novel

 

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110 risposte a Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

  1. Laura Manzan scrive:

    I would like to ask the writer why he decide to fight for this issue, why in his opinion is important to think not to ourselves but even to the other people and why he refuse the queen’s award.
    The first because you can see that the character ashamed of his face and want to hide from the other people.
    Yes because summarizes the history in a good way.
    A review must being written in a simple and evident way.
    Yes because could be a real story.
    I think that my book trailer could be like this but the final sentence could be “Never judge a book by its cover, the deep beauty is the most important” and the musical background could be Who says?- Selena Gomez.

  2. Cristian Corcimari scrive:

    Yes,I like it. Because it was written clearly,essential and explicit.
    A book review must be well explained and very clearly.
    Yes,because he makes it seem real.
    Yes,it’s like a real story.
    A book trailer should have a good soundtrack and a good video to to invite the viewer to buy and read the book.
    I think my could be like this,it’s perfect.

    • Luca Musolla scrive:

      I think that Benjamin Zepheniahwrote this poem to tell to the people what he think about the issues that he talk about: war, poverty, hunger, racism and capitalism.
      In the poem “talking turkeys” there are a lot of spelling because he wrote it for kids and the other reason is that benjamin is jamaican and he doesn’t want to speak the language that England impose to jamaican population.
      Benjamin Zephenaia, thorugh this poem, made me realize that it isn’t necessary to eat turkeys at Christmas, but that we can normally celebrate it without eat them.
      Another animals that umans eat, for me without a motivation are the horses.

      HORSES

      They are so beatiful,
      Why we eat them?
      They run so fust
      When they are with us
      There isn’t a motivation for this dicrimination

  3. Laura Pagnossin scrive:

    -What struck you about the poem?
    I struck me how he try to explain to guys and children that the animals have a right to a life and that there are lot’s of different Englishes.
    -What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    I fascinate me who he ‘s vegan and his personality.
    -What questions would you like to pose him?
    Why did you choose to talk about the turkeys?
    When did you change your diet and became vegan?
    How has the prison change you?
    -Poem
    Love your lambs this Easter
    Because lambs wanna have fun
    Lambs are nice,lambs are funny.
    Love your lambs this Easter
    Don’t eat it,keep it alive
    It could be your friend and not your meal.
    Love your lambs this Easter
    They just wanna dance
    They just wanna play together
    They just need a hug
    And if you don’t eat
    You will make a big friend for life.

  4. Eleonora Cupin scrive:

    Of Benjamin Zepheniah and his poem, I’m stuck about the fact that he can explain in few words the problems of our society.
    He make in his poem The Talking Turkeys a sort of “funny figure” .
    Do you imagine a turkey who dance? I love this mode for break the mold.
    He want to give a voice to teens, and his poems aren’t difficult to understand. Talking Turkeys talk about a lot of issues: animal abusing, enviroment, capitalism and genetically modified.
    I never thought that behind what I eat there are so many problems.
    Benjamin really fascinates me for some reasons:
    1. His determination.
    2. His past .
    3. His style of life.
    He showed at the world his talent ! When he was sixteen he had a lot of problems, but thanks his determinations now he’s famous! He changed his future.
    Another thing that I like of Benjamin is his desire to preserve his origins. Even so he was discriminate he never changed his mind. In fact he dimostrated that black people are the same as white people, and they have the same brain.
    I want to ask to Benjamin these questions:
    1. Why did you decide to become a vegan and not a vegeterian?
    2. Become a poet was your dream since you was a child?
    3. When did you start to write poems ? At first was easy or did you have problems?
    4. In your book “Face” you wrote about discrimination. Do you think discrimination between teens is better or worst respect your times?
    5. Do you have a model to follow? Who is it? It is the same model that you follow when you was a teen?

    MY POEM :
    Every time when I watch the TV
    I see a cow and it say me:
    “Buy my pudding! It is so yummy!”
    But it really say me that?
    Cows are happy or sad?
    In their “house” are more and more fat,
    And they don’t livello in a flat.
    Oh no, they stay in small spaces!
    With a lot o spiked fances!
    Cows love the fashion,
    and they aren’t an exeption.
    Bags, Carpets and Boots
    Are everyday with you.
    But cows want their dress too!
    So don’t steal it!
    And era what they really want to say
    Cows are animals and have brains.

  5. Martina Giordano scrive:

    Benjamin wrote this poet to make people understand that even if you don’t think, the animals suffer when we kill them. They have family, friends and brain. Of the poem I was struck by the simplicity. With simple writing and words, Benjamin talked about important topics, such as OGM. There are so many spelling varations because he wants to be proud of his Jamaican origins and he writes of Jamaican English. I’m fascinated by Benjamin Zephaniah because face life with optimism.. after all that has passed, he is optimistic. Always; and still believes that the world can change, no racism and bullying. The world can change for the better.
    I would like to pose him some questions;
    1- Did you feel like Martin, the protagonist of your novel Face?
    2- Why did you decide to became a rasta and a vegan?
    3- Was it hard to became a vegan?

    MY POEM.
    I like meat, I like fisch,
    I like beef, I like pork
    but wild game no.
    I love animals and I said;
    huting isn’t a sport.
    Are you lost in te forest for a few days? You can hunt.
    Are you live in the jungle? You can.
    But don’t leave the hous with a gum
    and shout a poor animal so why do you like.
    Then.. why??
    For the skin? For the horns to hang on the wall?
    Dear hunter, know that this doens’t make you honor.

  6. Gaia Bortolin scrive:

    Questions:
    1. Whilst reading the poem “Talking turkeys” by Benjamin Zephaniah, it struck me the fact that he managed to sensitize people and make them reflect about important themes, like killing animals and genetic modification, with a funny poem for kids.
    2. After knowing better Benjamin Zephaniah’s life, I can say that it fascinates me that he was judged and denied for his nationality and the colour of his skin, he also handed up in prison, but then he picked up his life, started learning how to read and write and became a famous novelist, poet and singer in the UK.
    3. I would like to ask him these questions:
    -How long have you been vegan? Are your friends vegans too?
    -When you wrote “Face”, did you refair into a person who had had a similar experience as Martin’s?
    -What do you think you’d do if you were Martin?

    Poem:
    Don’t be mean to us,
    we’re just dogs,
    don’t ya think ya haven’t got a good reason to kill us for yourself?
    We’re just cute an funny animals,
    we just wanna hav fun,
    run with our friends in a field,
    eat somethin,
    hav a few caresses from ya,
    spend time on your side.
    We don’t ask ya anything else.
    Contrary to what ya might think,
    we have a family, friends, a brain, a soul,
    an when ya hurt us, we feel pain.
    Yes, we suffer de same as human beings.
    So, please, don’t be selfish,
    become our friend,
    an we’ll love ya and trust ya like anybody else.

  7. Camilla Baldo scrive:

    1.What struck you about the poem?
    2.What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    3.What questions would you like to pose him?
    1. The thing that struck me is that all animals have got a family and the humans don’t have to kill them because they have the right to live. The animals have a soul and you must to respect their life. Also the thing that struck me is that humans are very greedy and egoistic because they don’t think about the animals and they only thinking about eat because they love meat and for them it is tasty. Finally it’s struck me that when you kill animals their family suffer and they are conscious that they dead. Unfortunately humans love the animals but they love them with French Fries and a glass of wine. Animals are sweet and kind with humans, they want cuddles and they don’t want to dead.
    2. The reason why I’m fascinates of Benjamin Zephaniah is that he had got the courage to said that animals are innocent and they liked us. He said that animals are able to love us and he said it sincerely. He followed his ideas without fear. I like Benjamin because he expressed his ideas without outspoken. Sincerely I eat meat but I esteem Benjamin because he is successful in explain that he is vegan and he don’t embarrassement.
    3.-When did you decide to became vegan?
    -How did you feel when you didn’t accept the award?
    -What did you think when you was writing face?
    -how did you feel when you arrive in United Kingdom?
    -how has prison changed you?
    -have you ever reflected in the character of martin?
    POEM
    I don’t do anything to you
    I’m affectionate and innocent
    I only ask small caress
    That they make me an accepted individual
    Don’t hurt me
    Because I will love you.
    I’m a dog
    Small and defencless
    Who just wants to run with you
    Lots of my friends died for you
    Shooting without a small reason
    My dear human
    That you think you are the only that life
    You make an exam of conscience to understand
    That the silly and the wicked are you
    Not us that we run up and down.
    Now I say to you that you don’t hurt me
    You only try to love
    A small undefended individual as me
    That it’s not asking a lot from you.
    Don’t leave me alone in the street
    Without food and water
    Your remains are enough
    And with all food that you throw away
    You can feed complete herd.
    The water wich spill down
    I lick and I help you
    Without any hard work.
    Humans understand that I have a soul too
    Don’t leave me and you stay close
    That for me it’s enough to stay in front of a fireplace together with you.

  8. Ilaria Morea scrive:

    1. What struk you about the poem?
    2. What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    3. What questions would you like to pose him?

    1. It struck me that all animals have the right to live because they all have a family like people, and like we have the right to live, they also have to live. Their families suffer when an animal is killed, esactly like a person dead, his family suffer. People thinking only to eat, but they especilly eat meat of animals. But then.. Why do we kill animals an eat them and they mustn’t kill us and eat us? This is unjust. Animas are like us, humans, but we think that they are foolish and useless, rather for people animals have got a use.. be eat. Besides peolple like only animals that they want to like.

    2. The reason why I’m fascinates of Benjamin Zephaniah IS that he express all his ideas without problems, he doesn’t care about other opinions. He wants to explain to us that animals are affectionate to us, that they love us, but that we sometimes don’t understand this. Benjamin is able to explain us the importance of animals but he doesn’t want to change of our mind. For theese reasons I appreciate him although I eat meat.

    3.
    – When did you decided to become a vegan?
    – How did you feel when you left your native country?
    – How did you feel when, in United Kingdom, people didn’t accept you?
    – How did you decide to start writing?

    POEM

    The question to ask is…
    Why killing animals?
    But especially
    Why killing hares?
    You just think about one thing
    Imagine a harmless hare
    that enjoys itselfs in the meadows
    in the high mountains
    hopping to the right and left
    happy and carefree
    And now think about this thing
    about when the hare
    is in front of a human
    with a rifle in hand
    and that after only two seconds
    its life i destroyed
    destroyed by a human wants
    only kill to eat
    Imagine a hare
    without its exquisite fur
    hanging with a rope
    liked to the hind legs. It’s cool?
    Compare the two types of hares.
    The unleashed hare
    and the linked hare.
    Maybe is a newborn hare
    or a mum hare
    think about the pain of the family.
    For you it’s cool?
    I don’y think so…
    Then.. Why not save them?

    Teacher… THE COKE!

  9. Mariam Nofiss scrive:

    What struck you about the poem?
    I was strucked by the easy way he talked about important issues, like being vegan and the capitalism.

    What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    I admire his ability to express clearly what he thinks through the writing.

    What questions would you like to pose him?
    -When you decide to become vegan?
    -How has prison changed you?
    -How did you feel when you didn’t accept the Award?

    POEM:
    Every morning I turn on the TV
    And I see lots of fish swimming in the sea.
    They are happy and they jump
    And even fish have a mum.
    It is only a poor little fish,
    Make sure that it is not in your dish.
    Is it funny to go swimming for you?
    Fish in the water are happy too.
    Although they aren’t very smart
    All fish have a heart.
    So now I make this wish
    Nobody in the world must eat fish.

  10. Giorgia Lo Pipero scrive:

    1. The thing about the poem that struck me was that Benjamin Zephaniah with this “infantile” and funny poem could explain us his painfulness with the animals that are killed for eating. I think he wants to make us understand that some people think only of eating and they don’t reason about the feels of the animals wich suffer when they are killed.
    2. Benjamin Zephaniah fascinates me because he had the courage to write this poem that is againist for those who eat meat. Also I admire him because he is fighting for a right reason and he isn’t being done affect by others.
    3. Questions
    -When did you decided to became vegan?
    – How did you feel when the queen wanted to give you an award but you didn’t accept it?
    -How has the prison changed you?
    – I read ‘Face’ and I wanted to ask you some questions about this book. They are:
    Have you ever been part of a gang? And what is/are the reason/reasons why you wrote this book?
    5- POEM
    Be nice with the sheep
    they give us pretty wool.
    Why should we use them for clothing
    and eating too?
    They help us and we don’t thank them
    we are never happy with what we have,
    we always want more.
    Don’t use sheep for both the use
    and they’ll thank you!

  11. Federica Del Savio scrive:

    1) Why did you choose to talk about turkey in the poem?
    2) How has progion change you?
    3) When did you change your diet and became a vegan?
    4) Why did you write Face?
    5) How do you think Face can help guys?
    6) What do you thinks about racist people?

    The poem struck me because talk about the turkey and says that turkey are not just animals but that they are like us, they have a family and friends and that they want dance, getting present and watch TV. I like it because is written in jamaican english and there are different spelling varietions.

    Benjamin Zephaniah fascinates me because talk about bullism and racist. I like him because is vegan and want that other people be vegan like him; i like that he had wrote the turkey poem in jamaican english and because he loves animals.

    DOLPHINS POEM:
    Dolphins are cool,
    they don’t want swim in a pool;
    be their friends
    because friendship never ends.
    Dolphins just want swim
    and watch a crazy film.
    Thinks about the tree
    and let the dolphins free.

  12. Giulia Valdes scrive:

    Every night before dinner
    I think of those poor animals killed
    for example; cows, horses or chickens.
    The animals are all nice and wicked.
    Every horses just wanna have fun
    and all of them have one dad and one mum.
    They all have a right to a life
    don’t kill it, keep it alive.

    -What struck you about the poem?
    I struck me, because I realized that there are different types of English and because Benjamin want to explain to the other people and the children the importance of animals.
    -What fascinates you Benjamin Zephaniah?
    I was fascinated that he’s vegan, his character and his way of writing.

    When did you change your diet and became vegan?
    Why did you choose to talk about the turkeys in this poem?
    Did you enjoy writing the book “Face”?
    Why did you choose to write books only for children?

  13. Lucia scrive:

    1) Five things struck me about the poem are : 1 . the fact that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote it for telling to the people the things and the emotions that an animal , which is eaten by human beings , may think and feel ; 2 . the issues that the author raised , like the rights of the animals , the genetically made up food , the use of the organic grown things , but also the greediness of the humans , their wickedness and the importance of being a vegeterian or a vegan ; 3 . the use of the English language and the so many spelling variations he put on the poem for honouring and bringing out his Jamaican origins , as well as for making the readers understand that in the world there are a lot of different Englishes ; 4 . the true things the writer said about nature and its inhabitants ; 5 . the description of the relationship between the men and the enviroment . 2) Three things fascinate me about Benjamin Zephaniah are : 1 . the fact that he writes for all the people without the fear of expressing himself and his considerations ; 2 . the near to the human beings things that he speaks about ; 3 . the respect that this writer has got for the world . 3) The questions I would like to pose him are these eight ones : 1 . When did you decide to become a writer ? 2 . Why did you choose these important issues ? 3 . Where did you start writing your first story ? 4 . How do you feel about writing for young people ? 5 . Who is your favourite poet ? 6 . Why are you a vegan ? 7 . How the prison changed you ? 8 . Have you got friends that eat a lot of meat ? 4) My own poem : THE TALKING RABBITS De rabbits are weak , So dis easter be nice to yu rabbits Cos’ rabbits just wanna hav fun Dey couldn’t defend themselves An every rabbit has got a Mum . Don’t eat it , keep it alive , Dey are so sweet for it . It could be yu mate , an not on your plate Say , Yo ! Rabbit I’m on your side . A rabbit is like a flock . An all of dem fear easter time , Dey say human beings destroyed it , dey wanna enjoy it A human thinks only about his life An not de rabbit’s one .
    An humans are out of dere mind , Yeah , I have got lots of friends who are rabbits Dey all hav a right to a life , Rabbits feel pain an rabbits hav brains Like yu an me , in many ways . I once knew a rabbit called . . . Rabbit I said to it “ I am not too sure but what the humans do I think it’s nothing to do wid Christ Mass Humans waste more dan ned be an get greedy An business people mek loadsa cash ″ . Invite dem indoors fe sum greens An spare dem de cut of de knife , Join Rabbits United an dey’ll be delighted An yu will mek new friends ‘ FOR LIFE ‘ , FOR EVER .
    The human beings are wicked , Dey almost hav not fear of the death of so many animals . I think people should let the rabbits live an not die . The humans hav not this animal at heart . The rabbits would be your best friends if you spared them , Dey cage up the rabbits an mek up them genetically . The rabbits do not wait for de chop of a human , Dey only wanna stay wid dere family . Dey will be happy if yu let dem partake yu food . It’s great to yu and to dem eat organic grown things . The rabbits are too little to die , I know .

  14. Deborah Castoro scrive:

    1) I am liked the poem written by Benjamin Zephaniah because he speaks of the “life” of the animals and of their maltreatment and also because these poem has been written in the form of a history.
    2) Of Benjamin Zephaniah fascinates me his facility in to treat these matters so “hard” being a vegan.
    3) I would like to ask the writer why does he choose these issues, how does he feel about writting for young people.
    THE POEM:
    Be nice to your fishes these year.
    You are beautifully
    and you swim so carefully but
    a lot of the time you die
    because you are distracted
    or because you are captured by the nets of the sailors.
    I love swimming so some times it happens me to clog in some interlacement done by the human ones and I understand you if you make you evil.
    I don’t like to see the life of these animal poor men end so early
    because the heart breaks me to see any animal to die and not only them.

  15. Samuele Babille scrive:

    The thing struck me the most about Ben’s poem is even the thing fascinates me and it is his convinction in what he writes and in what he does.
    I would ask him why and when he became a vegan and how made him feel refusing the queen’s award.

    And that’s my poem:

    Be gentle with a duck when you see her
    She’s cute
    She’s smart
    Yes, she’s a duck
    But feed her
    Not eat her
    And she’ll bring you luck

    Now, think about Duffy the Duck
    He was poor
    So you’re
    And he was in a strict contact
    With what?
    Of course bad luck

    Yeah, poor duck
    But you
    Remember what
    He got nephews
    He got a lady
    So please, get ready
    For what?
    For stop eating duck

    Do not kill ‘em
    Feed ‘em
    And I promise you
    They’re gonna bring you luck

  16. Persis Osei scrive:

    1 What struck you about the poem?
    – The thing that struck me about the poem was that Benjamin Zephaniah tried in every way to explain to the man that animals have the same importace like us, and to let us know he found a fun way to explain to us trough his poem “Talking turkeys”.
    2 What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    – The thing that fascinates me about Benjamin Zephaniah is that he always find a original way to explain to us what he want to convey.
    3 What questions would you like to pose him?
    – What did you inspired you to write “Face”?
    – Have you ever read a book written by an italian writer ?

    TALKING PIGS
    Be nice to your pigs
    because pigs just want have fun
    rolling up in the mud.
    Pigs are cool and always happy
    but remember that they have a brain
    and suffer like the humanity.
    Don’t forget that pigs could be
    our friends like Peppa Pig
    the protagonist in the cartoon
    that they show every day on TV.
    Peppa Pig is a pig, an animal
    and still today you listend to
    a child asking her mum
    ” Mum i want that, this… of Peppa pig! ”
    Be nice to your pigs
    and make sure that
    they won’t be in your dish
    because they are our friends not enemies !

  17. Alice Santin scrive:

    -What stuck you about the poem?
    The first thing that I noticed reading the poem was the choice of using turkeys like subjects,because it is strange and unusual talking about turkeys,another thing wich made me thinking was how Benjamin Zephaniah wrote the poem,in fact he has explained his beautiful message,that all living beings to feel the pain in the same frequency,using a simple and funny way that allows everyone to understand what he means.

    -What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    What fascinates me about Benjamin Zephaniah is the strength he uses to fight his causes and that he doesn’t give up if he encounters an obstacle in his path,I admire him for this.

    -What questions would you like to pose him?
    1. Why did you choose to talk about the turkey in the poem?
    2. When did you change your diet and became vegan?
    3. How has prison changed you?
    4. How did you feel when you rejected the OBE from the Queen?
    5. What is the reason why you wrote Face?
    6. Would you like to write a sequel to this book?
    7. Do you think that this book has helped the guys who are in situations similar to that of Martin?
    8. Did you have to do researches to write the book?
    9. What is the character that was most difficult to create?
    10. How long did it takes you to write it?
    11. What is your biggest success?
    12. What is the thing you’re most proud of?

    -I write my own poem:
    You don’t eat your children,
    So why do you eat lambs on Easter?
    What do you think their mums do?
    Let them run with their Group.
    They’re so sweet and helpless,
    Don’t become a murderess.
    They have a heart too,
    So they suffer like you do.

  18. Martina Di Bernardo scrive:

    What question would you like to pose him?
    -The questions are:
    Are you married ?
    How did you decide to write “Face”?
    Do you know someone who has really suffered damage to the face?
    Why the main protagonist of Face is white?
    You describe very well the teenager’s life, have you got maybe any children?
    What struck you about the poem?
    -The poem struck me and made me reflect that everything that we eat and that we have on our plates before was a living thing.
    What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    About Benjamin Zephaniah fascinated me that he continued to fight to do what he love and than the passion that he made to write book and poem for teenagers.

    POEM

    I am here, do you see me?
    In the morning I wake up
    and I want go out
    I am here you, do see me?
    I give you lots of kisses
    and a biscuits you don’t misses
    I am here, do you see me?
    Sweet and cute with
    two black eyes
    I am here, do you see me?
    Walking with you
    I will run fast too
    and I’ll enjoy
    I’m here, Do you see me?
    I have a soul to save
    and I hope I will not finish in your plate

  19. Valentina Pignat scrive:

    What struck you about the poem?
    What struck me about the poem was the way how he wrote it, because it was very funny but despite that, inside the poem there was a deep meaning. Then I liked the different kind of English who he used.
    What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    What fascinate me about him, is his way of being.
    He’s always himself and he doesn’t change for people. He’s an humble man, even after he became a popular writer. Honestly, I don’t disapprove of all his action in front of the Queen Elizabeth.
    What questions would you like to pose him?
    1. Why did you choose to speak about this issues?
    2. How do you feel about writing for young people?
    3. How did you feel when you left your country?
    4. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
    5. The story is a figment of your imagination or is like a real experience that you (or
    one of your friends or relatives) have lived personally?
    Poem:
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  20. Matias Murlo scrive:

    I was struck as the poem made us realize that the turkeys have sentiments, we do not understand that turkeys have a life like us, we must learn to respect all.
    I fascinates about Benjamin Zephaniah that he writes the young people, he always says what he thinks. another thing that fascinates me about Benjamin Zephaniah is that uses the videos to communicate with us.
    The questions for Benjamin Zephaniah:
    Why did you decide to became a rasta and a vegan?
    Did you feel like Martin?
    What inspired you to write “Face”?
    Have you ever had similar experience?
    Have you ever met people like Martin?

    This is my poem.
    In ever Easter I sow the lambs
    they run and jump
    they just wanna have fun
    and every lambs has a mum
    she cry every day
    because the umans killed his son
    the lambs was just born
    but we killed him the same
    maybe they they don’t know yet pronunce his own name
    they wouldn’t killed us
    but we killed them in ever Easter
    If you have a heart
    please, don’t eat it, keep it alive.

  21. Giulia Brunetti scrive:

    Sincerely, nothing about the poem has struck me..
    It’s a good thought, but isn’t the type of poem that I like..
    I mean, I can understand the thought of Mr. Zephaniah, but I think that is just a poem who talks about turkeys.
    He is vegetarian and so he doesn’t want that animals to be killed!
    He’s saying that even the animals are afraid from the death and even them suffer, and I think that’s right!
    But personally I prefer a different kind of poem.
    It doesn’t sent me anything..
    I think you can figure out who is a writer, just reading his books..
    You can read all the information in internet or anywhere else, but is just from his books that you can understand how he is.
    I’ve just read Face and this poem.. but I know his story and I can say that he is a great man. He had the courage to fight. He didn’t gave up.
    Even when everyone were discriminating him, he had found the courage to say “I don’t care, I can do this on my own. I’ll learn this by myself.”
    And then he did! He learnt to write, and read, and anything else by himself.
    He understood that life is so hard, but you need to put on your armor and become a warrior.
    And anyway I like him even because he always says what does he think! Like in the episode with the Queen.
    For him we’re all are equal, and that’s my same thought.
    We’re all are equal and you can’t be most important than me just because you’re most rich.. If you will be generous with me, I will be generous with you.. But if you hurt me, or if you treat me badly.. Why should I be kind with you?
    However I just wana say that Benjamin Zephaniah isn’t my type of writer, but I like him as a person.
    And so there are some questions I’d like to pose him:

    -Where did you found the strength to continue fighting?
    -Do you think that life has been right with you?
    -What do you think about the thought “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”? Based on your experience, do you think this is true?
    -Think about your life before and about what you have now.. There is something about your past that would you like to have back?

  22. Nicole Mellina scrive:

    BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH:
    -What struck you about the poem?
    -Nothing struck me in pariticular, but only because I already know these things. Honestly I am absolutely against all those terribles things that people do to animals, because it isn’t fair. They haven’t done anything to us, so why should we treat them like this? It’s true…not everybody it’s vegetarian, but we can eat animals without genetically modifying them, or mistreat them.
    -What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    -To me Benjamin Zephaniah it’s a great person. He fight for what he believes in, and I respect that.
    -What questions would you like to pose him?
    -I would like to ask him:
    1. Why did you choose to talk about this issues?
    2. How do you feel about writing for young people?
    3. How did you feel when you left your country?
    4. When did you decided to become a vegan?
    -Poem:
    Sometimes I have nothing to do
    so I watch a stupid cartoon,
    there are piggys all over
    who jump happily and rover.
    They have fun and have friends,
    they wear clothes and follow trends…
    But we know this isn’t real
    cause you eat bacon at meal.
    So what’s the sens on that?
    I guess there is not.
    You eat piggys all days
    And almost in all ways.
    So are piggys happy and have friends?
    No they’re not, cause you eat them,
    And that’s their end.

  23. Beatrice Moni scrive:

    What struck you about the poem? That it’s simple and funny but has a deep meaning.
    What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah? That even if at the beginning he was judged from the people that now love him, he never gave up and now he does what he loves. Also I respect the cheek he had with Her Majesty the Queen.
    What questions would you like to pose him?
    When you wrote ‘’face’’ did you refair to a person who had a similar experience as Martin?
    What do you think you do if you were Martin?
    Since when have you been vegan? Are your friends vegan too?

    I know that horses sticks are good against cancer
    but what about their wife?
    I’m a horse rider
    And what would I do without their life?
    They feel your pain
    Can you feel their?
    they are horses
    not your purses
    they are kind with you
    so be kind with they too
    also they make wishes
    but they don’t want to be your dishes
    with their skins you make jacket
    that will leave empty your pocket
    So save money
    and you will save horses
    an horse could warm up you in winter
    one could be a sprinter
    one could be a winner
    but no one could be your dinner.
    So change courses
    Save horses!

  24. Giulia Foltran scrive:

    The part of the poem that I liked more, is the one in wich Benjamin treats the turkey like a person, a friend. I enjoyed the way Benjamin emphasizes the fact that the turkey has feelings, too. I love his way to be natural and conservative of his own origins.
    If I talked with Benjamin I would like to ask him what he thinks about the new society, about tecnologies and about what is happening in these days.

    My poem.

    ” Be nice to rabbits
    ‘cause they wanna have fun
    and run
    and they want a beautiful life
    maybe with their wifes
    maybe with their mum.

    Some of my friends are rabbits
    they love carrots
    and they love run and sleep
    why eating rabbits?
    they’re so sweet.

    They are like us.
    They suffer, they cry.
    We have to love them.
    So, be nice to rabbits. “

  25. Valentina Pignat scrive:

     What struck you about the poem?
    What struck me about the poem was the way how he wrote it, because it was very funny but despite that, inside the poem there was a deep meaning. Then I liked the different kind of English who he used.
     What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    What fascinate me about him, is his way of being.
    He’s always himself and he doesn’t change for people. He’s an humble man, even after he became a popular writer. Honestly, I don’t disapprove of all his action in front of the Queen Elizabeth.
     What questions would you like to pose him?
    1. Why did you choose to speak about this issues?
    2. How do you feel about writing for young people?
    3. How did you feel when you left your country?
    4. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
    5. The story is a figment of your imagination or is like a real experience that you (or one of your friends or relatives) have lived personally?
    Poem:
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  26. Valentina Pignat scrive:

     What struck you about the poem?
    What struck me about the poem was the way how he wrote it, because it was very funny but despite that, inside the poem there was a deep meaning. Then I liked the different kind of English who he used.
     What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    What fascinate me about him, is his way of being.
    He’s always himself and he doesn’t change for people. He’s an humble man, even after he became a popular writer. Honestly, I don’t disapprove of all his action in front of the Queen Elizabeth.
     What questions would you like to pose him?
    1. Why did you choose to speak about this issues?
    2. How do you feel about writing for young people?
    3. How did you feel when you left your country?
    4. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
    5. The story is a figment of your imagination or is like a real experience that you (or one of your friends or relatives) have lived personally?
    Poem:
    “Every time I walk down the street,
    I see a lot of publicity about horses meat.
    Why eat it?
    Is better a good sweet!
    The sweet doesn’t suffer,
    But at people doesn’t matter;
    They want the same horses meat,
    Because they know its curative properties.
    Ooh poor horses!
    Why have them on your dishes?
    They’re so nice with human beings,
    Don’t treat them like a thing!”

  27. Martina Ivancich scrive:

    -What struck you about the poem?
    The thing that struck me is that Benjamin wrote this poem to explain to children the importance of a living being and this poem it’s very funny.
    -What fascinates you about Benjamin Zephaniah?
    The thing that I admire about him is that he learned himself to read and write and also for how he reacted to the words of the Queen.
    -What questions would you like to pose him?
    : How did you feel when you’ve answered to the Queen?
    How did you feel when the boys teased you? Nobody defended you sometimes?
    What or who inspired you to write “Face”?
    And now my poem:
    The Bunnies are important on Easter time
    they jump, they are so cute
    but I see people who kill them
    and this is a crime.
    They are living beings too
    because they have a family, they breathe and eat just like you!
    Don’t kill the bunnies because they can love you
    so please, don’t do the figure of the rabbit too.

  28. Laura Pagnossin scrive:

    Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor to cooking to describe the British because it is as if we only eat one food without having the possibility to eat other food.That for us would be a limit.In fact Benjamin Zephaniah invite the reader to think of the safeguard of lenguages.The lenguages mustn’t be replaced English because there are a loto f cultures and we have to keep them.For me the ingrediens for a cool nation there are respect,unity,justice and culture because these are fundamental worths.

  29. Giulia Valdès scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah use the metaphore of the cooking to describe the British because he wants to explain to the other people the safeguard of languages. For the poet as there are so many foods there are so many languages. He thinks that diversification is cool because every country have a different cultures, and we mustn’t lose them. The ingredient for a cool nation are the culture, literature, music, and art but also the respect, unity and justice.

  30. Luca Pasquali scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to tell to the people his point of the situation; the issues that he raises are WAR, POVERTY, HUNGER, RACISM and CAPITALISM.
    In the poem “ Talking Turkeys” there are a lot of spelling b….. because this was a poem for kids and then because Benjamin is Jamaican and he doesn’t want to speak the language that England impose to him when they colonized Jamaica.
    Through this poem I learned that we can give up several things; in this case to it the Turkeys at Christmas because we could be “friends” of them.
    In my opinion an other animal that human beings eat is the chicken.

    Poor Chickens

    Poor chickens that they have to live a short life

    Poor chickens that they couldn’t choose their wife

    Poor chickens that they would to be free

    Poor chickens that they would to fly on the trees.

    Poor chickens that they could be happy

    Poor chickens that they must be fatty and fatty

  31. Martina Di Bernardo scrive:

    Benjamin Zephaniah compares Britain as a melting pot. In fact when this island were invaded by various populations many centuries ago, each group had its own identity, culture and language.
    He, to write the poem in fact uses the metaphor of cooking to describe the Britain. Tell us that all the ingredients (in this case the various different cultures) are important to make Britain more colourful, more ‘tasty’, with all other added items and for a cool nation the ingredients are: unity, understanding , justice and respect for the future. This is that the poet invite the reader to thinking of.

  32. Lucia scrive:

    1) I think Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor of cooking to describe the British because they are like a lot of ingredients of lots of colours like in a recipe , in a dish or in a course . In fact , there is not only a type of British , but different nationalities , languages and cultures .
    2) The poet invite the reader ( a Briton ) to think of the fact that they have to make the other types of British flourish , mix and unite together with them .
    3) The ingredients for a cool nation are the unity , the understanding , the respect , the justice and the equality .

  33. Martina Giordano scrive:

    To prepare a dish it takes many ingredients and more ingredients there are, more the dish is good. I think that Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor for cooking to descrive the British because the world is like a dish. Most cultures there are, more the world is beautiful; for the literature, for the art, for the music… But in this world many people have prejudices against black and foreigners. I think that being different is a wealth and, says Benjamin,all the ingredients are equally important.
    Only today I learned that in British the people who come from other states have to leave their native language for speak only English. I think that this is a cruel think because as Benjamin, all people should be proud of their origins and especially be heard, even in the manner of speaking, that they aren’t British.
    The message that Benjamin wants us to undertand in that in his opinion English and the native language of a person, can coincide together and so allow their languages to flourish.
    The ingredients for a cool nation are unity, understanding and respect. And the principal ingredients in the justice. A world without justice only case tension, social disorder and pain.

  34. Samuele Babille scrive:

    I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote “The British” poem using the food metaphor because in his point the society is like a dish and, more colorful it is, more cool it is.
    Then he invites British people to think of this “melting pot” that British society is and he says that for a cool nation you have to mix all these nationalities (or ingredients) and serve them with justice and equality to all

  35. Annalisa Guerra scrive:

    1.I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to raise people’s consciousness and let them know that even turkeys have feelings like humans. They feel pain, they have a brain like us. In my opinion the poet wants us to think about the brutality against animals.
    2.The issues that Benjamin Zephaniah raises in the poem are: -the capitalism (humans get greedy and waste more than need be and business men make lots of cash); -animal rights (A turkey could be your mate, and not on your plate).
    3.There are many spelling variations in the poem, because this text is an hymn to the Jamaican culture. This poem is written using the English language spoken in Jamaica, with these variations. Jamaican people don’t want to use English of the UK. They want to keep their traditions.
    4.With this poem, I learnt that Benjamin is a person who cares about the poor animals which are killed to feed humans, to satisfy annual traditions (turkeys in the period of Christmas). He takes animals as human beings. He’s a good guy.
    5.Rabbits
    Love all the rabbits, don’t eat them, they would like to be free, to run and jump in the grassland, and not to be killed or cooked.
    Do it for themselves and for yourself, if you don’t kill them, they will be happy. Rabbits are pretty, rabbits are nice, if you want to kill them, look into their eyes, think about their short lives.
    Keep them alive! A rabbit could be your pet, and not your snack. Please, care about them, and you’ll feel a better person.

  36. Giorgia Lo Pipero scrive:

    I liked the poem “The British” by Benjamin Zephaniah. I think that Zephaniah used the metaphore of cooking to describe the British, because he wanted to say that the British obliged the immigrates to don’t maintain they’re own origins and they obliged them to speak English and respect and practice the British Culture. I think Benjamin Zephaniah wants to make us understand that a world with one “dish”, so with one people, isn’t a real world. It would be monotonous and bored world with one culture or one language. Zephaniah invite the Briton to think of they also were born by other cultures so we all are a cultural mosaic and we don’t have to have prejudices. The ingredients for a cool nation are unity, understanding, respect for the future and justice. I think that for maintain own origins we have to speak our mother tangue even if we are in another country.

  37. Emma Borsoi scrive:

    I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem because he fight for animals rights and this is an example of an animal who humans kill for Christmas. But the poems is for children and Benjamin wants to explain them that turkeys are not different from humans. They have brain and they feel pain like us! This is one of the issues of the poem. Another issue is, for example, the brutality of humans (humans are out of dere mind, humans get greedy an waste more dan need be): who decided to eat turkey for Christmas? Why we don’t eat vegetables or another thing? I think we have to question about this.
    In the text there are so many spelling barrietion because this is a poem for children and it have to have a simple language because a child can’t understand adults language.
    I learn that we have to respect animals because they are important for the world like nature. I like Benjamin Zephaniah because he makes us think about different things in the world that humans doesn’t see.

    PRISONER BIRD
    I have a little friend and his name is bird
    And he have never seen the world before.
    He was in a big cage
    And he wants a change.
    Birds wants to fly
    Birds wants to sleep out at night
    Birds wants to sing in the sky
    And birds want to…fly!
    Open your birds cage and let them go out in the sky
    Because birds want to fly
    Let them free
    To sing on a tree.
    Maybe the bird will thank you, or maybe not.
    what will you do?

  38. Nicol Saltarel scrive:

    I think that B.Z. wrote this poem to explain what he thinks about eating or killing animals. The issue that he raises is deforestation (i found it when he wrote “what happens to christmas trees?”) and i don’t found another problems that he raises in this poem.
    The poem “Talking Turkeys” contains so many spelling variation, and he does them because he doesen’t want to speak fluent English because he’s Jamaican, and the Jamaica was a settlement of England and the British were so bad with the Jamaica’s people.
    With this poem i learn that we can explain so many topics in a simple poem for children.
    So, I write a “similar” poem about rabbits.
    Rabbits are funny
    You could take out bugs bunny
    Rabbit wanna stay out
    And do everything in crowd
    So, dont hunt them today
    Because they only want to play
    Imagine if you are like them
    Do you wanna have this end?
    Please dont eat animal like rabbits
    Or they will always chase your spirits.

  39. Beatrice Moni scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor of cooking to describe the british because in Britain there is the melting pot and with the melting pot the cultures mix together. When in a course we have only a type of food or only a type of colour isn’t nice to see, but if we have 2,3,4 or more kind of food or colours in the courses is beautiful to see and to eat. So having only one tongue and only one culture in a country is like having only one kind of food in your dish. The poet infact invite the reader to think of a world with only one tongue and only one culture; a boring world in my opinion. So he invites you to understand and respect the other cultures for live in peace. The ingredients for a cool nation are different people of different countries living together with justice.

  40. Eleonora Cupin scrive:

    In the poem “The British” , Benjamin Zepheniah with an extended metaphor of cooking talk about the migration and the melting pot of the Britain.
    He structured the poem like a recipe for make a dish.
    He started to talk of the first populations that lived in Britain for example Romans, Angles and Saxons who created the basics of the English language.
    Going on to read he explained the melting pot. A lot of populations when they come in other countries they forget their culture, their lenguage…..Benjamin want to teach us that the world or a country, is the same as a dish.
    It is more interesting if it is various! If there are a lot of different cultures, if there are colors!
    A big part of our society want that we are all the same, that we speak all the same laguage.. But it is boring! We can allow our languages to flourish .
    Another expect that he wrote in the poem is the importance of equality and justice.
    Beause if there is justice there aren’t prejudices! And we would have nations without tensions and disorders.
    We are all important ! I’m not more important or more smart than a Nigerian because of the color of my skin, or the language that I speak.
    In fact the poet wrote ” treating one ingredient better then another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste”. And we don’t want it.

  41. Giorgia Valerio scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to understand the situation of some animals who live their life in cruelty. The issues he raises are capitalism, racism, poverty, communism and war. In the poem there are many spelling because Benjamin wrote this poem for children and also for encourage people to read it. True this poem I learn that Benjamin is a mature person and he wants to rebel because England colonized Jamaica and imposed his language. I agree with him because he told true things. He taught me that animals could be our frineds and we don’t need to eat them because they are living as us.

    HAPPY RABBIT !
    Rabbit is an animal
    Rabbit is as us
    Rabbits are eaten
    They’re not happy for that
    They hate easter time !
    They think that we’re acid as a lime !
    Rabbit could be our friend
    Rabbit shouldn’t have an unhappy end
    They are soft like a snow
    So we can use them as a pilow

  42. Giovanna Da Ros scrive:

    Talking Turkeys.
    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem because he is vegan so he thinks that animals don’t have to be eaten by humans because they suffer too.
    He said that turkeys fear Christmas time, that they feel pain so humans have to keep it alive.
    Benjamin wants people to know that he is jamaican so he uses so many spelling variations. The poem strucks me because it is funny but at the same time it is so serious.

    What’s for lunch today?
    Maybe chicken mum said
    So I start thinking that chickens maybe are sad
    If we put it in our plate
    Chickens are so nice to everyone!
    And they all have a mum
    That cries for them
    Why we must eat chickens?
    Keep chickens alive
    And far from our knife.

  43. Giovanna Da Ros scrive:

    The British by Benjamin Zephaniah.
    I think that Benjamin use the metaphor of cooking to describe the British because in a beautiful dish there are different colors and different flavors. So he thinks and he want people to think that add different races to the melting pot is cool and for a perfect society we must treat everybody in he same way.

  44. Daria Ianni scrive:

    I think that Benjamin wrote this poem to make kids aware of the fact that behind the meat that they eat every Christas there is a living creature, and its life was stolen by men to satisfy their greed and to get richer.
    Benjamin in the text mixed funny phrases like “Turkeys are wicked” and “Turkeys just wanna play raggae” with very deep reflections about the society we live in and about what’s behind the tradiction of the Christmas Turkey, to make kids have fun but also think about their eating habits.

    Benjamin makes us think about Turkeys in a different way, by talking about them like they are human-beings with family (“Every Turkey has a mum”), friends (“He could be your mate”, “You will make new friends”), music tastes (“Turkeys just wanna play raggae”), hobbies (“They wanna watch Christmas TV”) etc.
    In this poem he also makes Turkeys talk and complain about their life, like when one of them say “I cannot wait for the chop” or “Benji explain to me please etc etc…”.
    He makes us notice that Turkeys have a brain like us and they also suffer by being caged up and killed with brutality, when he says “Turkeys have a brain and Turkeys feel pain” and “They all have a right to a life, Not to be caged up and genetically made up”.
    All of these phrases have a communal meaning that Benjamin wants us to notice: Turkeys have the right to a life.
    In the poem it’s also highlighted the idea that humans have ruined christmas time, by making it a matter of business and not of religion and love, like when he says “Humans destroyed it, and humans are out of their mind” and “Human get greedy and waste more than need be
    And business men make lots of cash”.

    I think that Benjamin has made a lot of voluntary spelling errors and variations to make this poem’s language as similar as possible to the spoken language, in particular to the english talked with the Jamaican accent. Benjamin seems to be very attached to his origins and he wants it to be evident in his poems.

    Through this poem I’ve understood how much animals’ rights are important to Benjamin and how hard he fights for them.
    In this poem for me he’s also explaining some of the motivations why he is vegan.
    I understood his visions of animals: creatures that are peers to humans and deserve respect from us.

    This is my poem wrote as if I were Benjamin Zephanian. It’s about the exploitation of geese, in particular the ones used for the production of the Foie Gras.

    -Foie Gras-

    I’m a big fat goose
    Caged up, in prison
    Living a life I haven’t choose
    Less then a month on my horizon
    Attached to tubes and funnels
    incessantly
    I can’t see the light at the end of this tunnel
    Trying to escape from this place, desperately

    You’re nourishing me, but I’m not hungry
    You’re poisoning me to keep me calm
    I can’t stand on my feet, It’s exhausting
    All I want is nothing more than a place where is warm
    I can see my mates passing away
    Soffocating by their own vomit, is this fair?
    I can see my mates passing away
    Their esophagus are lacerated by the tubes in their throat everyday

    Your poison is blowin’ up my liver
    But that’s what you want, isn’t it, killer?

  45. Tesolin Giorgia scrive:

    I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem because, being vegan, he looks at animals from a different perspective, not only like a thing which you eat in the special occasion and not only but like your friend which has a family and feels emotion like you!
    With this poem he raises issues such as animal’s rights, bodies genetically made up, business and money, people’s greed and take granted that animals don’t feel pains.
    You can find them when Benjamin Zephaniah say: “ Don’t eat it, keep it alive” about animal’s rights, “they have a right to life, not to be caged up an genetically made about” about bodies genetically made up, “ Turkeys have brains and turkeys feel pain” about animal’s emotion and finally “ An business man make lots of cash” about business and money. I think that are the key phrases of poem.
    Also, there are too many spelling variations because Benjamin Zephaniah, who is Jamaican, doesn’t want to be under English authority supporting that England and Jamaica are completely different.
    Through this poem I learn that Benjamin really wants to improve this world, raising people’s consciousness and removing capitalism and consumerism, starting from the small things for example, cut down on meat of every animal.

    The song is:

    Chicken, chicken,
    it’s not in your kitchen,
    neither in your plate,
    neither in your fridge!
    They have a family like you,
    keep it alive and its soon say thank you!
    Chicken wants to run,
    chicken wants to sing,
    chicken wants to live!
    Remember, behind a chicken
    there’s a men become rich.
    Chicken doesn’t like chips,
    because they’re always in the same plate!
    Love your friend chicken
    and it loves you.
    It’ll be your friend

  46. Andrea Dreon scrive:

    BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH – Andrea Dreon 2^N
    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to teach to the children that not every things are like they see them. It looks like a normal poem for young people but there are a lot of issues that he deal. He wrote about GMO, he said that the turkeys are genetically made up and there is no one turkey that isn’t genetically made up in the world, he said that the human beings want always a lot of cash and they make our products and our foods that isn’t healthy for ourselves, in this way we buy medicine and they have the cash. ( Human get greedy on waste more than need be an business men make lot of cash.) He speak about vegans, they think that if you eat an animal or what it product isn’t right for they. They are people and they could be our friends. So he invites everyone to respect the animal and this Christmas to eat organic food and not only turkeys.
    In the poem there are so many spelling variations maybe for make important the phrase or to create rhythm, for my opinion it’s also to attract the attention’s child at the mean of the phrase. For me this is a really good way because it isn’t boring like a classic way. Thanks to this who read don’t see only the words but he stop to thinks about them.
    I learn throw this poem that the animals have a soul and a brain too but since the prehistory time the mans have eaten animals meat, this is for me the low of nature also if this is a brutality low.

    MY PIG FRIEND
    Caro maiale
    sei così divertente
    il tuo verso fa RIDERE
    ma noi usiamo la bocca
    gli uomini ti usano
    mangiano ogni tua parte
    il tuo corpo è disprezzato
    ma tu meriti di essere amato
    doni tutto te stesso
    per chi non ti da nulla
    magari un giorno
    sarai grigio
    e non ti mangeranno
    perchè avranno altro
    chissà i tuoi piccoli
    cosa penseranno
    quando saranno senza una mamma
    e un padre
    e succederà la stessa cosa
    a loro
    e ai loro maialini
    dovresti dire stop
    e vivere la tua vita al top
    senza umani che ti mangiano
    ma tutti amici per te!

  47. Manzato Asia scrive:

    In my opinion Benjamin Zaphaniah wrote this poem for introduce to the young people like children are what a vegan like him believes in. Through a turkey’s eyes he wants to make the younger reflect about the fact that an animal isn’t too different to us, it is almost like a human and so it feels the same thinks. First thing first, one of the more important issues he raises is truly to think the animals have brains and they feel pain like he mentions in the second verse; with this he wants to tell us that at the end they are humans. Another issue explain us that people very often believe themselves a superior group contrast the other, so in this way humans think to can subjugate other kind. Benjamin wrote that turkeys have the same right to live that we have and so we are nobody to take out them this (first verse of poetry). In his poetry Zaphaniah does so many spelling variations of the English language because he wants to introduce himself so as he is, with his origins, his culture and of course his different language from the current English that we know. In this way in his poetry he wants to impose his mother language that it is a thing which represent him. Through this poem I can see an imagine of the poet who is against every way of animal’s abuses and so behind this poetry apparently easy and nice he would make people think about as we treat animals when they do us nothing for being used like this. For this reason I think this poetry is done very well, in effect in his words Benjamin represent a serious message to share with us. Cleary for me he doesn’t want make we change our opinion about be or not a vegan like he is, but he wants to tell to the other his own ones.
    Favorable or opposite to his position? …This is an ourselves decision.
    Rabbits’s poetry
    Rabbits are funny rabbits are sweat Rabbits can often make you a treat They are so nice with their long whisker And I would to caress them so a long Like for all the time Oh, rabbits are so delighted To run free in its lawn And you would can to have one for your own Rabbits jump and rabbits bump Rabbits always go away But they at the end find the way To return at home To return to you To return to their family Where are you too.
    They have a big foot And a small soft tail They have an nice tooth And so they never fail. Keep it alive, don’t take out their life Rabbits are funny rabbits are sweat Rabbits can often make you a treat!

  48. Nicole Mellina scrive:

    “Italians are different from the British in many ways. We are more extrovert and friendly, they are more polite and respect the rules, we are more loud and they’re more quiet. We care about fashion and every day we combine dress with accessories, they don’t, they dress up how they like…They are a little bit snobbish, we are more simple. So we are very different but because every country has his own culture…I think this is wonderful, because you can learn different things, in every single place of the world. And so I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem using the metaphor of cooking because also cooking it’s different in all the world. When we cook we use lots of different ingridients, so that we can make a better dish, a tasty dish, an interesting dish. A dish with only potatoes it’s boring, a dish with only tomatoes it isn’t tasty. Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to invite the Briton reader to understand that we have to accept people from all over the world as they are, because they have their own culture, and we can’t oblige them to change in what they are not.”

  49. Matteo Basso scrive:

    -I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem because he wants to tell us that turkeys are like humans. In fact Benjamin says that turkeys have a mum, they want to have fun (playing reggae and hip-hop), they have a brain and they feel pain. That are all things we do too.

    -The issues he raises are that turkeys are like humans and not kill them because they are “sensitive”

    -There are so many spelling barrietion because Benjamin is Jamaican and he doesn’t want to write the english language that british impose to the jamaican. So he use many spelling barrietion to be different

    -I learn about the poet through the poem that he is against who kill animals and that turtkey cuold be a “friend” and not food

    -To me another animal that humans beings eat is the cow:

    The animal that humans beings eat is the cow
    and when is in the slaughterhouse doesn’t say wow
    she is exploited all day and
    when the shepherd arrives she become frightened
    she will be milked for nothing
    so now she is criying
    her life is so hard
    and she can’t, at the free time, play cards

  50. Bravin Federica scrive:

    – I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem because he want to give a message to everybody and want that people look at things from a different perspective.
    – The issues of this poem are the consumerism, animals and the deforestation.

    CONSUMERISM
    “Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be
    An business men mek loadsa cash”
    ANIMALS
    “Be nice to yu turkeys dis Christmas
    Cos’ turkeys just wanna hav fun
    Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked
    And every turkeys has a Mum”
    “Turkeys hav brains and turkeys feel pain”
    DEFORESTATION
    “Who put de turkeys in Christmas
    And what happens to Christmas trees?”
    – In this poem there are so many spelling variation because Benjamin Zephaniah want to impose his language like the Monarchy did with its population and culture.
    – From the reading of this poem I have understood that the writer is vegan because eating meat promote consumerism and he questions topics of the society where we live.

    LAMBS WANNA EAT GRASS
    Lambs are your friends
    You cannot cook them
    You must keep lambs alive
    Because you are on their side.

    Lambs wanna be twins
    And not be in greens
    During Easter day
    They wanna say
    “We have to eat grass and then we play the bass”

    Lambs wanna be free
    Like the birds on the tree
    If you want to be nice
    Could you please for one day eat rice?

  51. Anastasia Lepeshko scrive:

    Talking Turkeys:
    I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem because he wants people to understand that animals suffer too. Every year a lot of animals are killed for meat and the poet talks about turkeys which are especially used and prepared for Thanksgiving Day.
    He raises that every turkey has a family and a right to a life which people have not the right to take away.
    There are so many spelling variations because Benjamin Zephaniah is Jamaican. Many years ago British colonized Jamaica and imposed to Jamaican people English as national language so the poet has that accent.
    I learnt that Benjamin Zephaniah is a vegan and he wants people to understand more about animals’ feelings.
    My poem about horses:Let us free. Don’t yu want to be free too? We should live and not being used for meat. Don’t yu want to be alive too? We want. Think about how many of my broders and sisters are killed every day. Don’t yu think ‘bout it? We should be and gallop in open spaces not stay in close ones. We should browse in fields and not stay in boxes. We should be free and not in human’s dishes. Think ‘bout it. We should be free.
    The British:
    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor of cooking to describe the British because in Britain there are lot of people from different countries as in cooking you have different dishes.
    The poet invites the reader to think that now foreign people that come in England start talking only in English and teach his/her children only it. They forgive their mother tongue and this is not right or as Benjamin says “cool”. When in one nation you have one language is not nice. Mono-language is not cool, bi-language too but multi-language is.The poet invites people not to forgive their mother tongues and promote diversification.
    The ingredients for a cool nation are respect and understanding. If there are them, the nation will be nice for everyone and there will not be disruptions.

  52. Magris Vanessa scrive:

    • I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote that poem to express his opinion about the Wars, Racism, Capitalism, Consumerism, Vegan.
    • In the poem “Talking Turkeys” there are a lot of spellings because it was a poem for children and especially because Benjamin was jamaican and he doesn’t want to write the English language that England impose to him and all the other people when they colonized Jamaica.
    • Through this poem I learned that kill millions of turkeys for Christmas is not right and we need to be their friends.

    Easter Lamb

    Don’t eat lambs at Easter

    Let them run free from all the farms

    make them run faster

    and keep them close in your arms

    Show them love like a teacher

    Make sure this Easter they are all away from your freezer

    They would like to grow up with their friends

    but you let them die only for stupid tradition

    they would like to have fun during the Weekends

    So they don’t contribute to their elimination

  53. Giulia Santarossa scrive:

    Benjamin Zephaniah is a famous poet. His poetry always has a specific message and through the children’s poem “Talking Turkeys”, to me, he wants to defend animal’s, and in this specific case turkey’s, rights. He combines this important objective with some really funny lines. I think Zephaniah wrote this poem to make aware people to the unfair use of turkeys, especially during Christmas time, and to make people understand that also turkeys have a family and a brain, feel pain and want to live exactly like us! Beyond this, he wrote about deforestation(An what happens to christmas trees?), genetical modifications(An genetically made up by any farmer and his wife) and captivity(not to be caged up) too. He also raises the issue of consumerism(Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be an business man mak lodsa cash) which stands out in most of his compositions. In this poem there are many spelling variations. The poet wrote using these to celebrate the way Jamaicans are used to speaking English, to turn against the rules English people imposed to them. Benjamin is a poet and like that he has the poetic licence, in other words he has the right to write as he wants to, and to me chosen to write this poem using the English language spoken in his homenation is a great thing. By reading this children’s poem to me Benjamin Zephaniah appears as a person who fights the attual society and his way to see things. He questions our habits and the system where we live, he tells us that we can be happy without killing animals and using more than we need. The thing that surprised me most is that Zephaniah treats turkeys like they were his friends, people like us, and not animals, and if you think about it, you’ll discover that they aren’t so different from us! I’m not saying that turkeys and people are the same, of course, but both have brains, families, feelings and so much more.
    Now I try to be a little Benjamin Zephaniah and to write a short poem about animals human beings eat and unfairly use.

    Talking Hens
    Hi, i’m a little hen and I sit all daylong
    I feel weak, not so strong
    I’d like to walk along a road
    But all I see during the day is a stupid wall
    The farmer waits until I make a hen-egg
    And then he returnes home, but I know he’s going to come again
    He every time leaves me alone
    And all I want to do is to phone
    To my little chicks, but I think
    They’re in the farmer’s pan, far away from me.
    He wants me to be a golden goose
    But I’ve already lost all my hopes
    I’d like to be like the farmer and his wife too
    And do all the day all I want to
    But they won’t make me free
    And they do the same with other hens like me
    Am I going to hold
    All this pain until I’ll become old?
    Hi, I’m a little man
    And I treat all my hens like friends
    I saved a lot of them
    I gave to them all a bed
    All the times they see me they sing a kind of anthem
    And I feel no more so bad
    I’m not like the farmer this hen has just talked about
    And all I want to do is to scream and shout:
    “Stop behaving this way towards hens
    Or after this life you’ll go to hell!”

  54. Federica Del Savio scrive:

    -Why do you think Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor of cooking to describe the British?
    -What does the poet invite the reader (a Britain) to think of?
    -What are the ingredients for a cool nation?

    I think Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor of cooking because there are many different types of ingredients in the world, and in Britain there are many different cultures. The poet invite the reader to think that the people that live in England are all equal and everybody have to be treated equally; i think that for be a great nation we have all to respect each other and don’t criticize people for how the dress or how the speak.

  55. Gaia Bortolin scrive:

    1. I think Benjamin Zephaniah decided to use the metaphor of cooking in his poem because a society is better if it’s composed on different nationalities and cultures, and food is better if it’s based on many ingredients and dishes too. With this poem he says that the English nation is composed of a lot of other nationalities mixed together, and each one has to be considered the same as the others.
    2. The poet wants the British to think about their society. He wants people to understand that everybody should respect other nationalities and cultures in England, because they make their nation various and better.
    3. In Benjamin Zephaniah’s opinion, the ingredients for a cool nation are unity, understanding and respect. With justice a nation can overcome prejudice and live better, without social disorders or any other problems.

  56. Alice Santin scrive:

    In this poem entitled The British emerges the intelligence from Benjamin Zephaniah, in fact this poem apparently talking about food, in reality expresses a message much deeper and more complex. It is an extended metaphor which means that just as food is amazing because its different colors and tastes even the diversification between our languages, culture and roots is therefore important and beautiful.
    I can’t imagine how it would be if there were only one type of food and all with the same color too, so why should we all be equal and we should speak the same language?
    The beauty of a country lies in the things that distinguish it from other, every country has its literature, music and art and it wouldn’t be the wonderful world that is without these differences.
    British are the people the poet refers to are a collection of various people and cultures as a pot is made up of several ingredients. Benjamin Zephaniah wants the British to think that all people are important and should be treated equally without prejudices.

  57. Nicole Pierri scrive:

    – I think that Benjamin wrote this poem (“Talking Turkeys”) because he wants us to understand what humans can do; how cruelty exist in this world and he wants that everyone understand, especially kids that listen to/read this. The issues he raises are Capitalism, War, Starvation, Poverty and how people around the world are blind about these things.
    There are so many spelling variation because Benjamin is Jamaican so he want to evidence his origines and not hide it, he’s proud of it and we can understand by this poem (& others). Also this poem is for kids and want to make their smile.
    What I learn about it? I learn a lots of things that I never known in my life. Starvation is only a effect of the Capitalism, i ever tought in this way and i have to say thank you to Benjamin. War is only an effect of poverty (but also because humans are out of their mind). But i think i can’t become a vegetarian.

    POETRY DEDICATED TO HORSES.

    “Why we have to eat Horses?
    They are so flawless
    They’re so free
    an human is just sleepy
    Remember spirit: stallion of the cimarron
    he was a stallion with his laws, he doesn’t obey
    he slay
    humans don’t
    horses need to be free to run around the green
    horses speaks their language
    they have a lot of courage
    when humans don’t
    we won’t.”

  58. Gioia Magliaretta scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to change our mind and make us more kind to all animals. The issues he raises are sexism, racism, poverty, consumerism, capitalism, wars and animal rights.
    There are so many spelling variations because English pronounce is different from Jamaican pronounce and because the British Empire impose to Jamaican people to speak english so Benjamin doesn’t want to use it.
    Through this poem I’ve learned that we and animals can be friends and we have not to eat turkey every Christmas but for example we can eat a soup.
    My poem isn’t about an animal human beings eat but about an animal that was at risk of extinction because human beings killed many of them.

    FOX HUNTING
    The hymn is “God save the Queen”
    But I say “God save the Fox”
    The fox hunting was like a sport for you
    And you did it only for the fur
    And now how can she do
    Without her suit?
    You hang the hunting trophy on the wall
    Don’t you feel observed?
    “I see you with your child play football
    While my babies have to survive alone
    When I hear your bugle
    I feel scared but I think
    That you could play it in a band
    With your dog at the bass
    And your horse at the guitar
    You wear a red coat
    But mine travel on a boat
    Now that hunting is suppress
    I’m a fox with a great red dress

  59. Gloria Bertuzzo scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to tell to the person his issues that he raises: hunger, racism, war, poverty and capitalism.
    In this poem there are a lot of spelling baration because he is jamaican and he doesn’t want to speak the language that England imposed when they colonized Jamaica.
    This is a form of opposition.
    He says “you have imposed the language and I speak as I want”.
    The poet defends animals and he doesn’t want their killing.
    I think that another animal human being eat is the rabbit.

    RABBIT
    The rabbit is my friend and I don’t want his life the end.
    I’m on your side and I don’t deserve to stay in the cage.
    They can be pets and they are beautiful animals, he can’t they be free?
    Killing a human being isn’t “can they reason?” or “can they talk?” but “can they suffer?”
    If you tell you want to eat meat, try to kill the animal do you want eat… but you must kill him with your hands, without a knife or a stick, I couldn’t!
    Cooking a rabbit is horrible, shameful!
    An spare them the cut of the knife and they will be delighted!

  60. Valentina Pignat scrive:

    I think he used the metaphor of cooking to describe the British, because they’re a melting pot, a mess of races with different culture, with a different colour of the skin and with a different language ,like the food. The dishes are made of a lot of ingredients, they’re colorful, and more rich are the courses, more delicious are. This is the same for people. More multiculturalism is better than less multiculturalism!
    Benjamin Zephaniah in his poem invite the British to reflect on the fact that they have to let the immigrants practice their culture. Immigrants have to spoke their mother tongue and they have to keep alive their traditions, in this way, different cultures will make a better world!
    The ingredients for a cool nation are: justice, equality, no racism and multiculturalism.

  61. Matteo Chivilò scrive:

    Risposte alle domande sulla poesia “Talking turkeys” by Benjamin Zephaniah

    1) I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to trigger a change, a transformation of/in the human’s thoughts and to make us realize how human beings are cruel to animals just to get food that could be obtained from plants.

    2) In this poem Benjamin Zephaniah raises some issues writing a poem which apparently may seem to be written for children but then, portraying a scene that comes again every year, that humans eat turkey every Christmas, and if we think about it, it is very deep and without mincing words, it is able to make us understand the message that the poet wants to transmit to us. The issues that he raises are the human selfishness towards animals, the maltreatment of them but above all he says that animals are similar to the humans, the feel the same emotions and then feel pain too. Also he mentions the capitalism, the consumerism and the wastage.

    3) There are so many spelling variations in the poem because the poet wants to turn against the British Empire that, since the english colonization, imposes his english to the colonized people more than already subdue them.

    4) Through this poem I can say some things about the poet. I’ve learned that maybe vegans are the only people that aren’t selfish in the world and that are able to put themselves in somebody else’s shoes and particularly in animal’s shoes: they can understand that somehow when we eat meat or animal’s products, we ensure that farmers kill another animals and we feed the consumerism, the capitalism and the wastage, things that are ruining our lives more and more.

    5) For human <> means fur,
    For coyotes <> means coyote

    For human <> means fur,
    For coyotes <> means coyote
    Imagine if you were like them
    Imagine if one day coyotes turned against humans
    Imagine if coyotes used the human leather to protect themselves from cold
    Do you think it is funny or beautiful?

    Coyotes would like staying alive
    Coyotes would like that humans don’t use them to make themselves beautiful or attractive
    How much would it cost to you to be kinder of coyotes?
    Just an useless fur.

  62. Marta Manfrin scrive:

    I think Benjamin Zephaniah wrote this poem to protect what he believes in. He looks at thing from a different prospective and he would people do the same. He writes his thought jokingly, but he doesn’t raise simple issue. He tells about animal rights, about turkeys rights, from animal prospective. They have brains and feel pain but they couldn’t defend their selves when business men caged up animal genetically. Humans get greedy and business men only want to make cash without thinking about animal. In this poem there are lots of spelling variation because the poet wants you to notice the different between his language and British English. Throw this poem, Benjamin Zephaniah appears sure to himself and strong against humans. He describes men like selfish and greedy monsters. Throw what he wrote in poem, he is from animal team. In fact he see thing from an unusually prospective, but unusually doesn’t mean wrong.
    Horses
    Horses are animals
    Animals would be free,
    But in this word
    They couldn’t fly as a bee
    “Horse is too fine to be true”
    Humans say
    “How can I cook it?”
    He thinks but doesn’t say.

    Horses would run and play
    Would say their magical “HI”
    They would kiss a dam
    And hear “Hi dad!”
    They want to score a goal
    And dance all the night

    But humans don’t want this
    Don’t want animal peace
    They only want cash
    And the poor horse smash
    And more I know the men,
    More I love horse

  63. Camilla Baldo scrive:

    Benjamin Zephaniah wants to explain that the only thing is ugly but what is beautiful is the diversity from each other and the culture. This concect is explained by meals and by cooking. If you see one meals that isn’t colorful you don’t want to eat it because it would say that it is prepared with an only ingredient. If you see a dish with a lot of colours you are very happy to eat it. Benjamin would explain that the interesting and good things are diversity things. Then the all languages have got the right to speak because we need to keep the origins and nobody have to be compelled and change because someone trust you upon. Benjamin would explain that English think about that each family or community of people that arrive in England is subdued because they remove the right to speak their language. Also in Great Britain there was a lot of immigrations and a lot of invasions. British don’t understand that more culture they have got in Great Britain is more interesting live. From the beginning they always were against to new population and then they never understood the importance of learning new things.

  64. Danya Poles scrive:

    In my opinion Benjamin Zephananiah wrote the poem “Talking turkeys” because of his religion and because his vegan, so he thinks that to touch meat is to touch death and he wants to diffuse his idea about eating animals. He tries to to getting people to think and he does it writing poems that are funny but that also have an important message. I think that he wants to touch the sensibility of people humanizing animals, in this case turkeys.
    In this poem he raises about humans that destroyed Christmas because they cage and genetically made up turkeys to eat them, he sais that turkeys are and feel things like us, so they have the right to a life, he argues about people that spend more than they need so businessmen make lot of money, he speaks about food that is genetically made and recommands to eat organic food.
    I think that there are so many spelling variation because he’s Jamaican, so he wants to underline the difference between correct english and his slang. Even if he has a degree and he knows how to write right words and he wants to show us that he’s not more than normal people.
    Thanks to this poem I know that Benjamin is a person that really loves and respects everything and everybody and life. He doesn’t agree with some general thoughts, like racism, sexism and to attach labels to people, but he tries to get people to think to change bad things in our society. Benjamin thinks that everybody in this world (also animals) are important in the same way and that all people have the same rights because we are equal.

    PIGS
    Pigs are not bad or mean,
    don’t eat them because you think they are plain.
    Pigs have the right to live in peace,
    they have the right to have fun in the mud
    and live with their mum, dad and brothers and sisters.

    When you go to the butcher and you see the ham
    think about a little pig that says to you:
    “they kill my dad and now I’m alone,
    please don’t eat it because I want to live,
    but if you’ll buy this ham they are going to chop me for sure”.

    Pigs just wanna be free
    ecxactky like you and me!
    They wan to stay together
    in a warm place when there’s a bad weather
    and eat some organic vegetables.
    Pigs can be our friends,
    so let’s help them to not have sad ends.

  65. Ilaria Morea scrive:

    Bejamin Zephaniah used the metaphor beacause he want to explaint to us that only one thing isn’t a good to see, but the real thing good to see is the variance. For example take this situation: if you go to the restaurant and you will order a dish, but in the dish ther is only one type of food in only one color, the amalgam isn’t good, but if in the dish there are more food and they have got different colors, it is more pleasant to observe and to eat. The diverification of languages, cultures and other things in a same nation isn’t, how think some people a bad mixture, rather it’s something beautifu! It would be nice have different lenguages and culture in a same nation. A person can learn another language or another culture apart from its language or culture. This could induce to a cultural mosaic.
    And what about the British? In Great Britain there were a lot of immigrations and the British didn’t accept that other people came in their nation. And exactly beacuse immigrants had got another language, culture and religion, they discriminate the immigrants and then the British subjugate them beacause they felt superior. Maybe the British don’t understand that introduce new cultures and new people could be something cool. Then the British have to allow the liberty to these new people to follw their culture, and their language freely. Another thing that Benjamin wants to explain is that the injustice has got a “bitter unpleasant taste”. The injustice can cause racism, that cant cause tensions that can cause social disorder.
    And then.. What’s the ingrdients for a cool nation? The most important thing in the UNITY, generated by understanding and respect, because a nation without prejudice it’s difficult to have and exactly for this reason to have got a nation with justice and without prejudice is necessary have got respect and understand.

  66. Persis Osei scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah used the metaphor of cooking to describe the british because the cultures are like a food. He tried to explained to us that more ingredients there are in the food more cultures are in the world. In Fact Benjamin Zephaniah invite the reader to think to safeguard the languages because languages represent our roots, our identity and also because today there is Globish English all over the world. The ingredients for a cool nation are RESPECT, UNITY,PEACE, and the important thing the JUSTICE because a world without JUSTICE only cause pain and tension.

  67. Erika Cerutti scrive:

    I think that Benjamin Zephaniah wrote “Talking turkeys” to raise children’s awareness about everyday life issues. He’s a rastafarian and a vegan, so if we look at the surface of the poem we certainly can say that he wanted to spread the beliefs of his religion, he wanted to children to grow aware that even animals have rights, just like us. But we can’t observe only the surface of the poem, we have to examine it and get what he’s really trying to communicate.
    Personally, I think that even if it looks like one, “Talking turkeys” isn’t just for kids, it is an important opus for everyone. In fact, he raises many issues with his playful poem: he talks about consumerism and capitalism (“Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be/ An business men mek loadsa cash”) and deforestation (“What happens to christmas trees?”).
    In the poem there are many spelling variations because he wants to communicate that he’s Jamaican and he’s proud of that, and even if Jamaica was forced to become part of the British Empire which tried to suppress the culture of the country, Benjamin incite the battle for people’s own identity.
    Through this poem I could learn that Zephaniah is a really thoughtfull person who cares about equality, who believes that everyone has a right to live a free life, to question things and don’t just adapt to what the powerful ones say, whether you’re a human being or an animal.
    Another animal who is exploited by humans is the pig.

    Breakfast in pink

    Did you ever think about poor little pigs?
    Like the ones you cook and offer to your kids?
    Because you know, they too have kin.
    They have a family who fear for their lives
    While you only consider your own appetite.

    Pigs are cute and enjoy playing with mud,
    They would like to swim and run in the sun
    And definitely, they like watching clouds scud.
    So why do you have to shed their blood?
    They’re just like us.

    In the morning you open carelessly the fridge
    Take a frying pan and begin to prepare eggs with bacon.
    Pigs want to protest but their rights had been abridge.
    Ladies and gentlemen, here it is what I really think:
    Eat pancakes or peanut butter and jam
    But save pigs and avoid breakfasts in pink.

  68. Andrea Dreon scrive:

    sorry I was wrong to write the song so i rewrite it
    PIG MY FRIEND
    Dear pig
    you’re so funny
    your towards makes LAUGH
    but we use the mouth
    men use you
    eat every part of your
    Your body is despised
    but you deserve to be loved
    gifts all over yourself
    for those who does not give you anything
    maybe one day
    will be gray
    and do not eat
    because they will have more
    who knows your little
    what will they think
    when they will be without a mother
    and a father
    and the same will happen
    in their
    and their piglets
    you should say stop
    and live your life to the top
    no human will eat you
    but all friends for you!

  69. Giovanni Basaglia scrive:

    I like the book review, it describe the story very well. It’s full of detail but, at the same moment, it doesn’t spoiler the end of the story, making the reader impatient to read the full story. The reviewer response it’s very interesting, too. It shows a viewpoint of the story different from mine, as I loved to read the book! The entire story was very actual and original for me! However, the video review wasn’t as interesting as the previous review; it was pretty boring, and that sequence of words and images shows you everything, even the end of the story. Instead of images and word I think a talking people would be better, as he can make his own discourse about the book, maybe with a script to read or something else.

  70. eleonora ruzza scrive:

    I don’t like the review I’ve just read.
    It is very objective while I review should show what you think about the most important parts of the book.
    The writer has just spoken about the names of the characters and the places which are not important at all.
    He hasn’t understood what the book is all about.
    First he wrote that Martin liked his face before the accident, but he didn’t understand that Martin has learnt to love his face just the way it is, also after the accident
    I book review should talk about what’s the message of the story: Martin won the competition, Martin has learnt to accept himself, Martin’s changed, these are the things the reviews writer should put in.
    I liked Face.
    I liked the way Martin’s changed, I liked that Martin hasn’t won the competition because it is not predictable, I liked how Benjamin Zephaniah has shown that people are not always kind and sweet with different ones, we have to choose who we want to stay with and accept differences because sometimes they help you, like the fact that Martin didn’t like jamaican sisters, but at last they ’ll become the only friends of him (apart from Anthony).
    The trailer isn’t really involving, i don’t like the images, the music is not interesting and the animations are absolutely boring. There must be something that focus the attention on the book.
    i don’t know how to explain it, this is something you just feel.

  71. Amoh Sarah Duroaa scrive:

    I liked the way this review was written by this young girl but I think that she could do better that what she did by adding some little quotations of the book for the reader to have an idea of the style in which the book was written,but what she did was somehow good because a book review doesn’t consists in the reproduction of the book or doing creative essay or writing of it,it simple help the reader to have small idea of the book that she or he is going to read or sometimes the book review helps you to understand well the story line .On other hand I am not really supporting the
    things that this girl wrote on the final part I mean the comments that she made of the book.
    A book trailer is something that must attract the reader or someone to read a book at every cost so fist of all it has to have pictures that will not only attract the person but will also create a hectic movement in the person for him\her to read the book. The one that was proposed by this blog was a summary of the book and not really book trailer because the images in t weren’t all that good for my point of view they weren’t appropriated for a book trailer.

  72. Sara Varone scrive:

    I think the review is written in a good way, but some things had to be more considered, I don’t want to be conceited but for example the breaking up with Natalie get Martin feel very hurt and in the review there isn’t a hint of this or the reviewer didn’t speak about the Gymnastic or about his new friend Anthony who for me, is an important person in the book, because his situation is worse than Martin’s ( because he has that face since he was born), so he is an example for Martin. The review in conclusion neglects important things. For me, in a book review there must always be a personal opinion and there must be what the author of the book would tell us. Every single book has a message and a meaning, that the reviewer must mention, if he /she understood it. Obviously in a book review the reviewer must tell us what happens in the story but without “spoiler” the end of the book.
    I don’t agree with the reviewer : I really cried reading this book because I was literally pulled into the story that I felt like Martin in the bad and sad moments. I liked a lot this book, it has a meaning that not everyone can understand, maybe because he/she didn’t think about it enough. Moreover the moral isn’t just “You can’t judge a book by its cover” because there are a lot of messages even about friendships and relationships very important; in fact when Martin turns back to school his friends left him alone a lot of times until they were no more friends. Natalie did the same thing, because she found a new boyfriend that Martin found identic to himself (esthetically)that means that she liked the way that Martin seemed before the accident but not the way he looked now, and she left Martin lonely, in the worse moment of his life.

    I like this book trailer, there are the principal arguments featured in the good way I think, and the images are good for the situations.

    A book trailer should have good music or good sounds ( protagonists’ voices), videos and images of the things that happen and it must create a little bit of suspense in who is watching it.

    My book trailer would have videos and written for involve the viewer to read it, not only images but videos because our society is more inclined to watching films, and so videos, than reading a book where sometimes there are images too.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      A really nice comment Sara. I loved reading your personal considerations. They reveal the fact that you are an insightful reader.

  73. Daniel Danelon scrive:

    Daniel Danelon

    This isn’t a book review! It’s a short summary with a very nasty personal comment. A book review should include the book’s title and author, a brief summary of the plot that doesn’t give away too much, the book’s strengths and weaknesses and the reviewers personal response to the book with specific examples to support praise or criticism.

    I really don’t agree with the teen reviewer’s response of “Face” by B. Zephaniah. His statement that the moral of the story is a restatement of the phrase “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is stupid, because the cover doesn’t have anything to do with morality. I also don’t agree with the reviewer, that the whole story is banal and unrealistic. These things don’t happen daily, but they do. Very often we don’t see, hear or read about such personal stories. And I don’t understand, why he recommends the book to younger people. I certainly wouldn’t, because they wouldn’t understand the message.

    I didn’t like the “book trailer”. A good book trailer should show a few crucial phrases from the book without showing to many pictures and people. The reader’s imagination has to be stimulated so that he wants to read the book. If I made a book trailer it would be very short and the images with subheadings would change very quickly.

  74. Alda Jubi scrive:

    Risposte alle domande del Book Review di Face (Benjamin Zephaniah)

    1. I like the Book Review because it explains and it makes you understand very well what is the story about.

    2. I think the features that must be in every Book Review are:
    – a clear and understandable language;
    – an accurate description of all the events in the story;
    – the moral of the story;
    – the presentation of the characters;
    – the reviewer’s opinion.

    3. I disagree with the reviewer’s response of the story because, personally, I really liked the book and I don’t think the story and the characters are “fake”.

    4. I like the Book Trailer about Face but I think it’s very basic and simple.

    5. I think a Book Trailer must invite the people to buy the book by using:
    – lots of images representing the real personality of the characters;
    – short sentences that make the story mysterious.
    A Book Trailer mustn’t unveil the final in the story, too.

    6. I think my Book Trailer must:
    – have lots of images and colours;
    – have the best book’s sentences;
    – invite people to see it by using a good application

  75. Alessia Tomè scrive:

    I’ve just read the review about Face, by Benjamin Zephaniah.
    My opinions about this book review are positive, the language is enough clear to let me understand enough what he wanted to say to us, the writer left his opinion about the book and he motivated his judgement too and the main aspects of the story are caught.
    The reviewer should touch upon the book writer, summarize the plot of the book, anayse the language and give the readers some opinions about the book.
    I think in this book review the first and the third points are missing.
    I don’t agree completely with the reviewer’s opinion about the book: it is true that the story isn’t so entangling, by this I mean that the facts are quite foreseeable, but the morale of this book is not trivial. We might think it’s trivial, but I think we would be able to realise the difficulty of that situation only if we were actually involved in it.
    About the book trailer, I think it’s not engaging at all because in a book trailer there shouldn’t be spoilers and there should be better images and the phrases don’t raise your interest.
    In a book trailer there must be some things thet catch the viewer’s curiosity: good and appropriate images, good music as background, some of the main passages taken from the book that can raise your curiosity and absolutely no spoilers.
    For example, if I had to review Face, I would take some of the main passages without spoil anything, for example “Mark and Martin shouted, “STOP, STOP!”.

  76. Cristiano Celot scrive:

    I like the way the review was written because it describes in a simply and short way what the book is about so, the reader could understand quickly if the story could interest him/her. This review is very good for me also because it doesn’t spoil nothing.
    This review respects all the features of a typical book review: a summary in which the reviewer will shortly illustrate facts and at the end a personal comment where the reviewer write his/her personal opinion.
    I don’t agree at all with the reviewer’s response. I think the book deserves a better mark than four out ten because this book transmits emotions and has a good moral, also I don’t think the story seems fake, actually it give us tips to “face” life. I would mark it seven out ten because it doesn’t make me feel really involved in the story and because I feel so sad after reading it.
    I don’t like the book trailer so much. Images are badly chosen and generally the quality is low. It doesn’t make me interested about reading the book. The song in background is instead very appropriate and makes me feeling emotions and thinking about Martin’s sadly situation.
    I think that a good trailer has to involve the viewer and to make him/her feeling like part of the story. If I have to make a trailer I would choose some people to interpret some character and record short scenes about the book.

  77. Enrico Zonta scrive:

    I personally like the review of “Face” by Benjamin Zephaniah. Its introduction is interesting because it begins with a question: “Do you like your face?”. It involves the reader. Then the writer describes the story just as it happens. In my opinion it would have been better if he wrote more about Martin’s feelings than about the description of the whole situation. Anyway, this book review is clear and helps you to understand the meaning of the book, although I don’t agree with the writer’s response to the novel. He says that it isn’t realistic, but in my opinion it is, because people can and do change, especially after a serious event. I think that the atmosphere Zephaniah created isn’t absolutedly fake!
    Writing a book review means describing the story of the novel you’re talking about, getting from your critical point of view, and then explaining your personal opinion of the book. You can start saying what is the book about, the development of the story and then you should write what you liked and what you didn’t like about it. In the end, you can illustrate your thoughts and rate the book, for example with marks from one to ten.
    The book trailer of Face is quite good and quite not really good, in my opinion. I liked the music on the background, I think it is suitable for the context of the story. The summary of the plot is too detailed and it spoils the happy ending of the story.
    A book trailer should give information about the plot, involve somehow who watches it and say a reason why you can’t miss the book. If I prepared a book trailer, I would have used images with an higher quality than the ones of the video, then I wouldn’t have spoiled the conclusion of the novel and I would have suggested the viewers to read it to see how it ends.

  78. Lorenzo Berelese scrive:

    I like the way the book review was written because I think it has been made in a organized way, with a little summary at the beginning and with a personal opinion on the book, even with a mark from one to ten. I think that a book review should be made like the one I read on the blog, only adding a small biography of the author.
    Personally I disagree with the reviewer ‘s response to the book because I think that a book shouldn’t be written in an “adult” way to teach us something, although it could seem boring for a grown-up to read it.
    I don’t like the book trailer because with this presentation I won’t buy the book. I’d choose better photos, I’d add a voice-over and I’d put some filmclips. At the end I’d wrote the title of the book and the name of the author.

  79. Giorgia Camol scrive:

    I think that the review was not written very well, because the majority of the text describes the plot
    of the novel and just at the end there’s a little comment. The review is an interpretive text-evaluation whose structure consists of three elements:

    1. A part intended for information, usually with news about the author, book title, Publisher, year of publication;
    2. Interpretative character part, where you specify the genre that belongs to the opera. In the novel, usually the reviewer talks about the plot, the themes used in it, and language solutions, taken by author. To argue their thesis, the author of the review will bring direct quotes from the opera reviewed;
    3. Then a part in evaluative character of judgement on the aesthetics of the cover and communicative meaning of the book reviewed.

    I not agree with the reviewer’s response because I think that Face is not a immaginary novel, it could happen something that changes your life completely, in this case a simple car crash activates sequence of actions that revolutionazed the life and the thought of Martin.
    I don’t like the book trailer because the images don’t rapresent correctly the charaters of the novel, also the layout and the music utilized are not right. I think that a very good book trailer should invite the viewer to buy and read the book, so it should describe the plot, examinate what are the topics and it should have an average score and obviously mustn’t include the finale. If I had to do a book trailer, I would do it in this way.

  80. Chiara Garofalo scrive:

    Book reviews features are: they have to summerize synthetically the book without giving too much details and without spoiling, they have to catch the attention of the reader and tempt the reader to read it, but I prefer the book trailer because they are more interactive: there’s music, imagines and this catches my attention more than a book review; therefore a good book trailer must have a good soundtrack, maybe a song that respects the book.
    Nevertheless I like the book review because it was written in a simple and clear way. My book trailer wold be similar to a film trailer because it leaves open the story and keeps in suspense the the viewer. I enjoy this book trailer because it has a good soundtrack and it doesn’t spoil the story.

  81. Lucrezia Gobbo scrive:

    I think a book review should give you a general idea of the story: the principal facts and the topics, maybe with some quotes. If you want to write one you have to focus on the most important characters what they do and why they act like this. A good book review doesn’t spoil the ending of the book saying in the same times how he novel go on. This, in my opinion, is a written well: the writer “tells” you what happen in every part of the book but without too much details, so it doesn’t take away the suspance that the book gives. In this there’s a personal judgement. I personally disagree with some of the things that are written in his/her response. Well, some details make the story quite unreal, or too much fictional, when it could represent a possible true story but you can’t say it isn’t for everybody only because of these. It gives a fundamental teaching that everybody, of all age-ranges, need.
    I don’t like the book trailer, it’s good, but if I had not read the book yet it wouldn’t make me curious. Maybe if I should make one myself I’d put in it some quotes that made me think, pictures that capture more who is watching and another type of music, one more coherent with the facts I’m explaining.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Yes, you are right. The soundtrack plays an important role in a successful booktrailer. Is there a specific tune you have in mind?

  82. Giada Lunardelli scrive:

    In my opinion, this review is too shallow and synthetic. In fact the writer didn’t consider at all the “advantages” that Martin obtains from the accident. From my humble point of view, he should not have focussed so much on the loss of his old friends disregarding the new relationships that the protagonist has found thanks to the accident. Moreover an engaging book review should begin with an introduction where the author starts with a question that should arouse the readers’ curiosity. Another essential aspect not to overlook is the conclusion. The reviewer shouldn’t give the ending away, actually he/she may include a recommendation or an evaluation of the book in order to invite the public to read it or, on the other side, not.
    Personally I don’t agree with the reviewer’s opinion: not only have I found the book extremely touching, but I also share and appreciate the message that the author tried to communicate.
    The book trailer didn’t engage me a lot because, as the review does, it only reports the results of the competition, not all the work that Martin has done to arrive there. In addition, it does not concern about the new friends, the Jamaican sistas and Anthony, Alan and the PE teacher. I support the idea that a charming book trailer should tempts the audiences with some emblematic phrases drawn from the book. In this way the watcher understands what the book deals with and, most important, what is his message. If I had set the book trailer of Face, I would have used this features to make my video more captivating.

  83. Martina Fadel scrive:

    I don’t like this book review very much because the reviewer didn’t like the book as I do, so he wrote a negative comment and he also gave a bad mark to it. I found the start of this review interesting, but when I was going on reading I found some words which doesn’t exist, neither in the vocabulary, like ‘’pries’’. Some phrases were written in a bad way like this one: ‘’So, after that Martin decides to go back to school for the beginning of the new term, and him and his friends drift apart, and him and Natalie just break up’’ I couldn’t understand it before reading it at least ten times, he didn’t put the comas well. He should has written in that way: ‘’After that, Martin decides to go back to school for the beginning of the new term and he (not him) and his friends, including Natalie, drift apart’’. I also found interesting the metaphor he compared to Martin: ‘’You can’t judge a book by its cover’’, in fact the meaning is that you can’t judge a person by his face.
    This book review doesn’t catch the attention of a book reader at all because of his bad comment. He recommend the book to a younger audience because to him the novel isn’t so realistic and he thinks that younger people maybe find it real. I think that also older people can find it realistic, is that a stereotype?
    I like the book trailer more than the book review. The music was coherent to the argument of the video, but the photos should have been of a better quality so they can catch more the attention of a book reader. If I made this video, I should record my voice saying the same phrases because they are beautiful and full of meaning.

  84. Isacco Benedetto Tazzioli scrive:

    I really enjoyed the way the review was written because even if simple it grabbed my attention: I think that if somebody who has not read the book read the review could he be encouraged to read it.
    This should be the principal feature of a book review, it should attracts the reader’ s attention; a book review should explain the book’ s plot and talk about it from the reviewer point of view: it should say what the reviewer liked or not in the book, give information about the characters, speak about the reviewer’s favourite part of the book and explain why that is so beautiful for him. A good review should really stimulate the interest in reading the reviewed book.
    I personally disagree with the reviewer’ s response to the book where he writes “it just didn’t seem very realistic to me or pull me into the story” I was very involved in the story
    On the contrary I did not like the book trailer: in my opinion the images were grainy, the music was not appropriate and the way it was planned was definitely confusing.
    A book trailer effective in inviting the viewer to buy and read the book shouldn’ t necessary be perfect: it must avoid to spoil anything and to show any personal opinion but it should just give an idea of the general situation until the “spannung” (the moment of higher suspence); finally music shouldn’ t be too loud.
    In my ideal “Face” trailer someone should act as Martin Turner, talking quickly about his life until the car accident and simply saying that his life changed after it. The only way for the reader to know what happened next will therefore be to buy the book!

  85. Davide Tissino scrive:

    Personally i like the way the review was written because it describes the story; maybe it was done with few details, but the plot was cerrect. What i don’t like is the mark he gave to the book: i was involved in the story and i actually think it was really realistic, so i would give 9 to the book, also because i liked it a lot. A book review must tell about what happens in the book, without spoiling the story at all; there must be a personal judgement of the book; there has to be a part in wich we described the principal characters, with their features. Furthermore we must talk about the moral of the story highlighting what the author wants to suggest with the text. Personally i don’t like this book trailer because it used bud images and it didn’t describe exactly what happens into the book ,even if it told about important themes of life, that are also mentioned in the book.I think a book trailer should involve a person in the story of the book; we have to use images that have to be realistic,and they have to describe the theme of the book and we have to describe what happens, telling it with our voice or using phrases that flow in the video. There has to be a music in background, it doesn’t have to hold so much time for not boring the viewer and abviously, like in the book review, it doesn’t have to spoil all about the story. I really like the book, because it tells about the most important aspect of life i don’t judge a book by his cover, and because i felt involved in the story. I think that things like this can always happen.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      I am happy to learn that this book was a pageturner for you. This implies that if you are a reader you could start reading the other novels by Benjamin Zephaniah. They are all involving, in my opinion.

  86. Vittoria Toffolo scrive:

    Yes, I love the way is written this book review because is clear, fluent and it is easy to understand.
    The features of a book review, in my opinion, are:
    • a little summary of the story but without any spoiler
    • The writer of the book review mustn’t go into the details of the story
    • The writer must have an objective point of view except in the final comment
    • Every opinion inserted into the book review must have an explanation and a motivation
    The book review I’ve already read has got all of these four points so, in my opinion, is completely and precise.
    At the end of this book review the writer puts in a little comment that I completely agree with because the writer focuses on the point I didn’t like of the book but I disagree with the mark, four out of ten is unfair… I would give to this book six out of ten
    About the book trailer… I HATE IT…. The images are unreal, some of those aren’t consistent with the book for example that one shows the accident or that one which shows Martin with his two friends, in the photo there are two white boys and one of the three is black… but we know that Martin is racist so this situation is impossible. Then there is a photo of a man who has got a lot of burns on his face… this is exceeding and in my opinion all the book trailer is meaningless and trivial.
    The book trailer that I’ve just finished to see hasn’t got the features of a real book trailer so a book trailer to be a good one must have some parts of the real book, some comments from important newspapers or from famous bloggers, it mustn’t be too long and in my opinion if you want add a music base it must be quiet and the song you choose doesn’t take all the attention from the possible readers but if I do that I wouldn’t know where to start because I’m not really good with computers so I prefer write a book review but my book trailer would be a video where I speak to possible readers and in this video I tell the story of the book I choose then I give a little comment and all the video takes at most 2 minutes.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      It is not a problem is you are not a techie. You have got creativity and you can use any of the applications I recommended in class to make your video. Technology is just a means and as such you can learn to use it.

  87. Camilla Mio scrive:

    I like this book review because it was written in an engaging manner, with some details that might tempt the reader to read this book. It was written also in a simple style, which is easy to understand. Personally a good book review should contains the main elements of the plot, but doesn’t reveal too many events, to leave a hint of suspense in the reader. You can also insert some glimmers about author. There is always a reviewer’s personal opinion about the aspects that have struck him/her positively and negatively. The language is very important, it must be clear and simple, to make the reader understand immediately what it’s about. It also fundamental not spoil the ending, it would take away the reader’s desire to read the book until the end. I’m not agree with the reviewer’s response of the book, because I believe that the story is totally realistic, and it is also senseless to base an entire book’s judgment by the names of some clubs or raves. I don’t like about this book trailer the fact there weren’t any spoken explanations or videos, only photos and written. I liked, however, the chronologically way in which the trailer was set, like a story, and the various sound effects. In my opinion an engaging book trailer have to include speeches or spoken parts and sound effects like songs or ground noises. It also have to have videos and not only images that slide. The written are fundamental to make understand better the story at the viewer and make him/her to buy it. My book trailer would be like a video that explain the Martin’s story, it will accentuate the differences between before and after the accident. I think, to keep constant the attention of the viewer, it’s good to insert sound effect, songs, or some written effect. I think I sketch out it like a told story.

  88. Alessandro Del Re scrive:

    A book review serves to make the people that have not read the book understand what happened in the story and, in this case, to understand the moral.The book review was written very well. The speaker tells to the reader what happends in the story explaining the facts very fluently and neatly, but sometimes he gives so much informations. I disagree with the revewer because, in my opinion, the book was very well done and the story was brilliant. It was easy to read but sometimes (and it depends from the author) the language was hard to understand.I have also seen the book trailer and I don’t like that because the photos are not good and the words are putted in bulk.I think that a book trailer should have a beginning that involves the vewer to vew the videoclip and a state of suspance that holds high the concentration.If I’ll make a book trailer it will have a beginning with a calm situation and, sometimes, a few words or phrases taken directly from the book or from the characters’ lines. Then I’ll put on the book trailer some scenes that rases the concentration of the vewer and that urges him to go ahead. In the end I’ll put an effect phrase and I invite the vewer to read the book.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      You seem to have very clear ideas as to what the booktrailer should be like. Go for it! Make it!

  89. Nicolò Salvadori scrive:

    I like this review because the text is fluid, pleasant to read and clearly tells about the story and its moral. The reviewer has commented and it is clear the reason why the author disliked the book.
    I think that this review respects the standards: it tells briefly about the story, highlighting the most important events and then the reviewer tells what he thinks about the book and he also gives a rating.
    In some cases the review is spoiler-free and helps the reader to decide whether to buy it or not but the majority of the reviews have spoilers; in this case the reviews are an opportunity for discussions about the book with other readers.

    I agree with this review: the book seems too cheesy in some parts and the story is too “moral-driven”. In my opinion, it seems that the whole story is not a story but just a camouflage to express the moral “do not judge people for what they look like” (especially the finale), which even if it is very important it is too weak to make the book a classic, or anyway a book that everyone should read. The only thing that saves the book from oblivion is the way Benjamin Zephaniah tells the story, especially in some slow scenes like the hospital one. The way he flowing tells the events with a good rhythm, make the book pleasant to read. Finally, I don’t really agree with the rating of the reviewer : for me it is a 6/10.

    The book trailer looks awful. It’s utmost a cheaply made sideshow and most crucially it spoils the finale. For me a book trailer should use captions from the book and should focus on rapid scene changes (so for example showing for a few seconds a close-up of an object and then changing the scene with a landscape) trying to make the video fast and entertaining.
    Also the music must be catchy and must follow the “speed” of the video or the whole will seem too silly.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      You are definitely a careful reader. It is true that the novel emphasises the “moral” aspects of the story itself, yet we should bear in mind that it is a novel for teens. The aspect that I like about the novel is the use of the language.

  90. Grace Morici scrive:

    Yes, I do. Because I think that who wrote it did a nice job by putting the right things and using an easy and catching expression so that it is maybe easier for a teen public to read without getting bored.
    The features of a book review are to be as simple as possible so that the important parts of the book get obtained easier. And at the end maybe to give an own judgment of the book.
    Yes i do because I also think that ” You can’t judge a book by its cover ” is an excellent way to explaine why some people judge others by the way they look and not by the way they really are inside.
    I didn’t quite enjoy the book trailer because I did’t like the images that were chosen in it and because of the way of telling the story in a very easy and fast way.
    I think that the book trailer should have some suspense and that it should excite and catch the attention of who is watching it.
    My book trailer would be a very simple one, I would put in some parts of the book that catch the attention and that are interesting and make you reflect and I’d chose some better music and images.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Looking forward to watching your booktrailer. Bear in mind one thing, though: you need to think of the different themes developed by Zephaniah, then choose the quotations from the novel, then choose the images, then the music. Start from the themes!

  91. Muna Rahman scrive:

    Personally I think that this book review is written well because it didn’t spoil the end of the story and in my opinion this is an important thing in a book review. The writer of this review explains the plot of the story by writing the main facts; but honestly she/he could describe also the characters: it could help people who haven’t read this book yet to understand better the novel.
    According to me a book review should have :a short introduction where there are some sentences of what the book is about (of course without any spoilers),personal opinions where the writer discusses the parts of the short story which he/she prefer and also something that he/she dislikes. Also giving the book a rating might be useful!
    I really liked this book “FACE” ,I think that is beautiful the way how Benjamin Zephaniah covers this topic.

  92. Francesco B scrive:

    I think that this review could be considered a good experimental text for such a young person. Personally, supposing this was one of his first serious projects he has done until that age, the job seems good, although, if I were him, I would have added a little introduction to the subject. I would have talked shortly about the author and the general info and I would have contained more the major part, even if it was the most important, in a lighter sum. On the other hand, I would say that he managed to organize pretty well the other aspects, respecting the chronological order of the fact and not spoiling any of suspenseful acts. The word used appear carefully chosen and they express in most of the cases the intendent peculiar meaning in the sentence. In my opinion, this project was well designed and prepared: in fact, the reader gets immediately the sense of the article. I have not had a grand and various experience in this subject, but from I have had the opportunities to do so far I could affirm that I enjoyed the writing techniques and the style. In addition, I would have appreciated more the article if the writer have underlined more the toughness and the shock caused in the protagonist by the accident.
    As mentioned before, the book review should follow the order in which facts are described in the novel, but not spoiling them. Next, book reviewers are used to focus on their thought and underline the possible things they did not like.
    I liked his honesty in his valuation of the book. Personally, I agree with him on the fact that the nouns of people, places and shops seemed unreal; Even if I am not a professional doctor, I think it is quite rare that a young boy, such as Martin, is able to go over a coma phase that easily and that fast. Anyways, because of the poem at the end of the book and because of Zephaniah’s ability to tell this story with that extremely deep theme, I will give the novel a judgment of 7+ out of 10.
    Going on, the book trailer I would like to talk about was produced by a boy of the some ages as the one above. He used a series of images and some short sentences. To me, it seemed that the pictures he used were not the best; this counts also when speaking about the text. Sometimes it slowed the rhythm of the song and the video, whereas in other moments it gave a sense of tension, which was great, like for example the three “Until” he disposed for the smallest to the biggest, adding also background variations. Personally, it was not brilliant (but at least good), though people could still understand. If I had to do my own video about it (I do not have that much competence with technology), I would try to play a little going around a particular character, trying to repeat some mottos or something similar. Ah! In addition, I would try to add some extra effects too!

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Dear Francesco, you do not need to be an expert in technology to have a go at videomaking. So go for it. If you use the applications I mentioned in class you should not encounter any difficulties. 🙂

  93. Elena Bressa scrive:

    I think that the aim of a book review isn’t only to inform the reader about a book, but also create interest and curiosity. To write a book review we have to know what to say and to communicate the moral of the story.
    It is also important to write a small summery marking the main points of the history and include also a personal opinion of the book.
    The summery of the review on the blog, was really interesting because from the details, the history was very clear.

    But I don’t agree with the opinion of the reviewer, because in my opinion “Face”, is a fantastic book that makes readers think about some important topics like the discrimination of different people and the misbehaviour of a lot of people with several prejudices.

    The book trailer, instead, wasn’t very good, because all the pictures didn’t represent correctly the history and the characters of the book.
    It also reveal the final, a bad thing for a book trailer that should not spoiler the “end”.
    A book trailer in order to invite the people to read a book, should be interesting, with a lot of “suspance” and with few and nice details.
    I suggest “Face” to all the people who want to read a good book with a nice story and want to understand how some people can feel in the world.

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Definitely right Elena. A booktrailer should not spoil the pleasure of reading the novel, it should invite any potential reader to delve into the book and read it cover to cover.

  94. Leonardo Budai scrive:

    FACE
    I think this review is very easy and nice to read. It describe the intrigue of the book with exactitude and care, but I don’t agree with opinion of the reviewer. I think this book is realistic and touch upon very important stereotype like racism. I think the most important teaching which we can learn is “look with your heart, not with your eyes. It can’t fail”. Sometimes we judge people by how they dress or how they are look like and we lose sight the beauty of spirit. Martin pay an high prize to learn it but after the crash he become a new person, a better person. This review describe the intrigue of the boo and it express the opinion and the feelings of the reviewer. When I started to read FACE I wasn’t very excited ( I usually hate reading) but when I finished it I feel happy and I started love this story.
    I suggest this book at all teenagers. They must read it!

    • cristianaziraldo scrive:

      Dear Leonardo,
      I am happy to read that this novel sparked your interest in reading. Reading in a foreign language speeds the process of learning that language, so keep on reading. We will soon choose another novel by Benjamin Zephaniah so that you will enjoy it too.
      I appreciated your insight into the novel. Mind the “s” in the third person singular, though. You seem to disregard it.

  95. I don’t like this review about Face, because the summary is too long and it spoil the end of the story; furthermore, it isn’t a good review, because it doesn’t convince the reader to buy the book, but It is also written very well and it uses a very common and simple language that could be understood by everyone. I don’t agree with the author’s opinion, I think that Face gives lots of advices and life’s rules such as “we should appreciate what we are, not desire to be different” and I recommend this story to teenagers, boys, girls and adults. Another think that I disagree with is that the story could be fake, but there are lots of people all around the world that had been involved in car accidents and have got still now some burns, broken bones or some serious illness, so this topic would have been treated seriously. Talking about the trailer, it’s very interesting, convincing, well-structured and very significant even if I prefer videos than slides. At the end, I loved Face because when I read it, it made me feel happy and helped me to appreciate what I am physically and inside me.

  96. Del Panta Lorenzo scrive:

    FACE BY BEJAMIN ZAPHANIAH
    I think face is not the best book I have ever read but certantly the most important becuase it explains in a simple way the problems that boys have.
    I liked very much the book review and the way it is written becuase it’s very charming and accurate but it does not spoiler the end of this amazing book.
    I disagree with the opinion of the reviewer becuase I think Face can be commented with a person like a kid who lives every day situations like bulling and racism.
    I dont’mind the book trailer but it is very simple, if I were him I would do a trailer without the images of the end of the book becuase you spoil everithing you have done.
    I think the book trailer wasn’t as good as the book review becuase it was even so boring.
    I advise face to my friends becuase it is so interesting and I like it very much and I have to say to they to continue though at the beginnigthey don’t like the book becuase it will go better and better.