Children of Long Ago: Poems

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What was it like long ago? What did children do? Were they like me? Did they feel the same way I do? These are things all children wonder about. Lessie Jones Little, mother of distinguished children's book author Eloise Greenfield, answers these questions for children by drawing on memories from her own rural childhood in the early 1900s. In this collection of lyrical, warmhearted poems, children splash through puddles, wait with anticipation for Papa to come home, and share a ...

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Overview

What was it like long ago? What did children do? Were they like me? Did they feel the same way I do? These are things all children wonder about. Lessie Jones Little, mother of distinguished children's book author Eloise Greenfield, answers these questions for children by drawing on memories from her own rural childhood in the early 1900s. In this collection of lyrical, warmhearted poems, children splash through puddles, wait with anticipation for Papa to come home, and share a special reading time with Grandma, much like children of today.

In the new introduction, Eloise Greenfield pays loving tribute to her mother—to her creativity, to her vision, and to the timelessness of the words she has left for all of us.

Eloise Greenfield (Introduction) is the award-winning author of over 35 books for children. She was born in North Carolina and grew up in Washington, DC, where she still lives.

A collection of seventeen poems that detail the daily pleasures of the African American childhood during the early 1900s.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gilchrist's sweeping pastel illustrations summon readers and draw them into Little's affecting, nostalgic text about children in the past, who ``ate picnics under spreading trees,/ Played hopscotch on the cool dirt yards, / Picked juicy grapes from broad grapevines,/ Pulled beets and potatoes from the ground,/ Those children of long ago.'' These statuesque children are every shade of brown, from cinnamon in the sunlight to a lustrous cocoa that glows in the light of oil-filled lamps; a rural setting in the early 1900s is the backdrop for these transcendent and evocative images. A girl tells her grandmother, ``Your eyeglasses are pretty and thin and clear / With long gold arms that hug your ears.'' Another girl addresses ``Mr. Empty Woodbox'': ``How can Mama make a meal/ When there's no wood for fire?'' The answer is her own hard workshe runs off to gather wood. By turns playful and wistful, both text and pictures recreate a warm mood of American domesticity that readers will linger over. All ages. (April)
Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
The lovely pastel illustrations in this collection of poems capture perfectly the quality of remembered activities. The poems are about childhood memories, snapshots of life as it was for children in the early twentieth century related gracefully in verse. The memories are heartwarming without sentimentality, evoking the pleasures that children felt in going barefoot, doing chores and playing with paper dolls in days before televisions and computers. The introduction by the poet's daughter, Eloise Greenfield, relates that her mother's childhood was not always as happy and carefree as the poems in this collection seem, but that the happy times were the ones she chose to write about for child readers. The collection is a worthwhile addition to any bookshelf for its charming and gentle stories of bygone days, but it has added value as part of a social studies or history unit about rural America or about African Americans. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584300090
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST LEE &
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,306,465
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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