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Patois Colouring Book


Amashika Lorne has published a patois-themed colouring book for children titled: Chat Tu Mi and Colour. The book is written in the Cassidy-LePage Orthography, a system for writing Jamaican, according to Loop News. A TV presenter, Lorne says the book is a tribute to the Jamaican language that she believes should be recognized as a valid means of communication.

She thanked her parents for their inspiration – they wrote , A Fe Wi Sinting, a compilation of Jamaican proverbs and art. She also thanked  Professor Hubert Devonish of the University of the West Indies Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy for his assistance. Chat Tu Mi and Colour was illustrated by Wayne Powell.

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