Tool for parents

E. Jerome Davis with one of his books which are guides for parents.

by Donna Sealy

From Bajan to Standard English was the first book he wrote.

That lead to Understanding Bajan Dialect for Tourists and Visitors to Barbados and for author E. Jerome Davis that was just the beginning.

He’s now onto his third book, Train Up A Child, and he shared with Barbados TODAY what prompted him to start writing.

“I became aware of how badly Barbadians were speaking in public, on our radio stations and our television station and the realisation was our Barbadian children could not speak properly. You would see it at NAPSAC and at BASSAC when they were being interviewed. They found it extremely difficult to say anything in English.

“It’s not that they did not know what they wanted to express, it was having to make the transition so I figured if I could produce a work that would assist them to make a transition, not that I’m knocking Bajan dialect because I speak it too and I like it. It is to assist people in reaching a certain, what I call an acceptable level of delivery, that’s the concept behind the book,” the former teacher said.

Davis said that it was “difficult to say” how long it took to write his first book because you wrote, put that body of work aside and went back added and subtracted information until you decided to go ahead a publish it.

“The core of it didn’t take that long. Over the years I would have been gathering the information in my head and as I went along I would have added things until I figured it was time to publish, … [At some point] ‘you must stop now or you’ll never publish’,” Davis stated.

His new book, Train Up a Child, will be available soon.

“In this I try to capture all of the morals and values that parents used to hold fast to and I think I have done reasonable well in doing that. Things I was taught at school, things I would have been taught at church. I find that at school now they hardly do a lot of religious studies as was done when I was a child, let’s say at primary school when the Bible was used quite a bit. For some reason now nobody wants to because you don’t want to say that you’re Anglican or a witness or whatever, so everybody has kinda put that out the door more or less.

“The book is not focussing on any one denomination, everybody will be able to use it as all the values that we held there are captured in that one book,” he explained.

Davis added: “Train up the Child is a timely work aimed at shaping the minds of our youth at a time when so many young people are going astray. … It does not seek to promote or to persuade against any particular religion. The book seeks primarily to act as a guide for all. It is hoped that young readers will benefit from the moral advice presented and that their lives will be positively impacted.

“Train up the Child is also a useful tool for parents and teachers in their effort to promote positive values and to teach children right from wrong. Train up a child in the way he or she should go: and when he or she is old he or she will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

In addition to having the book sold at a bookshops, Davis is among a handful of local authors who sell their books at the largest annual manufacturing trade show, BMEX and other events.

What he wants is for Government to look at removing VAT from the production costs.

“If we’re printing locally VAT is attached so then the book then becomes a little more costly and sometimes that deters people from buying because the mark up at the stores would be a little higher and if it wasn’t there then it would be a little cheaper for persons to buy and I don’t think that anyone has brought it to Government’s attention … “, he said.

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