Aunt Flossie's Hats and Crab Cakes Later

Aunt Flossie's Hats and Crab Cakes Later

by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, James Ransome
     
 

Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan, because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie who has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.

Overview

Sunday afternoons are special for Sarah and Susan, because that's when they visit Aunt Flossie who has a memorable collection of hats, each with a special story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this picture book ``an affecting portrait of a black American family,'' also praising Ransome's ``elegant, expressive'' oil paintings. Ages 3-6. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- On Sunday afternoon, two little girls visit their Great-great-aunt Flossie, whose house is full of books, pictures, and ``boxes and boxes and boxes of HATS,'' each of which has a story to go along with it. A woolly winter hat still smelling faintly of smoke was worn by Aunt Flossie when, as a child, she witnessed the great Baltimore fire. The dark blue one with a red feather was perched on her head when, as a young woman, she watched a parade welcoming home black veterans of World War I. These reminiscences paint an interesting portrait of regional African-American history, but the highlight of the book is the girls' favorite story, which features themselves and the day the wind blew Aunt Flossie's best Sunday hat into the river. Based on Howard's memories of her own feisty, 98-year-old aunt, this is a lyrical, entertaining story that rings with authenticity. Ransome's distinguished oil paintings are gorgeous, but frustratingly dark at times. A compelling book that will draw readers back again and again. --Anna DeWind, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780756380
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
And Crab Cakes Later
Sales rank:
518,637
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

James Ransome was born in Rich Square, North Carolina, and is a graduate of Pratt Institute. He is a winner of the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Mr. Ransome lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lesa, and his dalmatian, Clinton.

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