Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir

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Three generations of African-American women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past for future generations.

Complete with a family tree, Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little's Childtimes beautifully captures the experiences of grandmother, mother, and daughter as they recall moments from their ...

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Overview

Three generations of African-American women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. This book preserves the lives and communities of times past for future generations.

Complete with a family tree, Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little's Childtimes beautifully captures the experiences of grandmother, mother, and daughter as they recall moments from their childhood.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Childhood memoirs of three black women--grandmother, mother, and daughter-who grew up between the 1880's and the 1950's.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Esteemed children's author Eloise Greenfield teamed up with her mother Lessie Jones Little to create Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, which tells of the growing-up years of Greenfield, Little and Greenfield's grandmother Pattie Ridley Jones. Rich in detail, the book gives an African-American child's eye view of the South in the late 1800's, World War I, and segregated Washington, D.C., and includes anecdotes and photos of family members to make these people come alive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064461344
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Trophy Nonfiction Book Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 256,953
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

Jerry Pinkney is the illustrator of more than a hundred books for children. A five-time winner of both the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award, he has been recognized with numerous other honors, taught illustration and conducted workshops at universities across the country, and created art for the United States Postal Service's Black Heritage stamps. Books Mr. Pinkney has illustrated include The Ugly Duckling, John Henry, The Nightingale, and Noah's Ark. The father of four grown children, he lives and works in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, in a nineteenth-century carriage house with his wife, author Gloria Jean.

In His Own Words...

"I grew up in a small house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I was a middle child of six. I started drawing as far back as I can remember, at the age of four or five. My brothers drew, and I guess in a way I was mimicking them. I found I enjoyed the act of putting marks on paper. It gave me a way of creating my own space and quiet time, as well as a way of expressing myself. You can imagine six children competing for attention and to be heard. I would sit, watching and drawing.

"In first grade I had the opportunity to draw a large picture of a fire engine on the blackboard. I was complimented and encouraged to draw more. The attention felt good, and I wanted more. I was not a terrific reader or adept speller in my growing-up years, and I felt insecure in those areas. Drawing helped me build my self-esteem and feel good about myself, and, with hard work, I graduated from elementary school with honors.

"I attended an all-black elementary school, and I gained a strong sense of self and an appreciation of my own culture there. But Roosevelt Junior High was integrated. There I had many friends, both white and black, at a time when there was little mixing socially in school. There the spark for my curiosity about people was lit. You can see this interest and fascination with people of different cultures throughout my work.

"My formal art training started at Dobbins Vocational High School, and upon graduation I received a scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. My major was advertising and design. The most exciting classes for me were drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is no wonder I turned to illustrating and designing books. For me the book represents the ultimate in graphics: first, as a designer, considering space, page size, number of pages, and type size; then, as an illustrator, dealing with the aesthetics of line, color, and form.

"There were three books that somehow magically came into my possession in the early sixties: The Wind in the Wows, illustrated by Arthur Rackham; The Wonder Clock, illustrated by Howard Pyle; and Rain Makes Applesauce, illustrated by Marvin Bileck. You can see those influences in my art today. Later, my work was greatly influenced by such African American artists as Charles White, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence.

"From the very beginning of my career in illustrating books, research has been important. I do as much as possible on a given subject, so that I live the experience and have a vision of the people and places. To capture a sense of realism for characters in my work, I use models that resemble the people I want to portray. My wife, Gloria Jean (also an author), and I keep a closetful of old clothes to dress up the models, and I have the models act out the story. Photos are taken to aid me in better understanding body language and facial expressions. Once I have that photo in front of me I have freedom, because the more you know, the more you can be inventive.

"For illustrating stories about animals, I keep a large reference file of over a hundred books on nature and animals. The first step in envisioning a creature is for me to pretend to be that particular animal. I think about its size and the sounds it makes, how it moves (slowly or quickly), and where it lives. I try to capture the feeling of the creature, as well as its true-to-life characteristics. There are times when the stories call for the animals to be anthropomorphic, and I've used photographs of myself posing as the animal characters.

"It still amazes me how much the projects I have illustrated have given back to me in terms of personal and artistic satisfaction. They have given me the opportunity to use my imagination, to draw, to paint, to travel through the voices of the characters in the stories, and, above all else, to touch children."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2006

    Touching and emotional!!!

    This book is a recollection of a grandmother's, mother's and daughter's life. using emense detail you travel through the many twists and turns of 3 people's lives. it's awesome!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2003

    The pleasure of beeing rich.

    So..I don't know what kind of review I should write. I think that this book isn't a book where you just can write the review.It is a book about so much more than a review.I can't be reviewed because it has so many different thoughts,feelings...3 wonderful African American woman are remembering their childtimes.I just thought this book woul be very boring because it didn't really include a mystery..but when I began to read...I was suddenly there in their in that L-shaped house.I was suddenly feeling their poorness,somehow their sadness,but somehow their happyness.We now think that happyness is to be rich,having a great house,good car...it isn't.to be rich means to have children and to have a life.TO live your life like everyone else does.It doesn't matters where you live,where you wash your clothes,and where you buy your milk.Any person who read this book and really enjoied it,will now know the pleasure of being rich. I am rich now too.I don't mean rich of material..no..I am now rich of that wonderful knowledge this book gave me. IF YOU THINK THIS REVIEW ISN'T RIGHT..JUST READ THE BOOK AND YOU WILL SEE THAT i AM RIGHT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2003

    Powerful!

    This book points out the struggles and triumphs of blacks. I truly enjoyed reading this book. It shows that through faith and trust in God, anything is possible. Eloise Greenfield is a dynamic author. Keep up the good work!

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