Come Sunday

Come Sunday

by Nikki Grimes, Michael Bryant
     
 

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Come Sunday, Mommy wakes me up with whispers.
LaTasha, honey, she says to me,
Time to shed dawn’s cozy quilt.
Come on, Sweet Pea. Open up those eyes…

Softly, quietly begins the day of the week that, for LaTasha, is always full of glorious sounds:

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"Other Editions: Hardcover

Come Sunday, Mommy wakes me up with whispers.
LaTasha, honey, she says to me,
Time to shed dawn’s cozy quilt.
Come on, Sweet Pea. Open up those eyes…

Softly, quietly begins the day of the week that, for LaTasha, is always full of glorious sounds: the pipe organ, tambourine, and drum; the footfalls of ushers marching down the aisle of the sanctuary; the sweet harmonies of the choir; and the rich vibrato of the preacher’s voice. LaTasha sings along with the congregation, confident that Heaven hears each joyful note.

Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, Nikki Grimes’ poems and the lush tapestry of colors in Michael Bryant’s illustrations celebrate a day of worship viewed through the eyes of an exuberant little girl.

Editorial Reviews

CBA Bookstore Journal
This book has humor, celebration, honesty, and the reverent innocence of a child in a loving church family.
New York Times Book Review
LaTasha spends Sunday at her neighborhood church, and the short verses and exuberant illustrations convey the joy and satisfaction she finds.
Publishers Weekly
In lively and delicious poetry, accompanied by evocative, full-color illustrations, Nikki Grimes recounts LaTasha's Sunday adventures in Paradise—Paradise Baptist Church, that is.... Reverent, funny, and wildly energetic all at the same time, this is a wonderful book for introducing children to church life.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In lively and delicious poetry, accompanied by evocative, full-color illustrations, Nikki Grimes recounts LaTasha's Sunday adventures in Paradise-Paradise Baptist Church, that is. From rising in the morning, to greeting the blue-haired ladies at church, to the soft and powerful voice of the visiting lady preacher, the church offering, a baptism, a church supper and finally home to bed, Grimes brings the experience of Sundays at church to life. Reverent, funny and wildly energetic all at the same time, this is a wonderful book for introducing children to church life. Ages 5-9. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4Fourteen short poems narrated by an African-American girl that concentrate mostly on preparing for and going to church with family and friends. From her mother's gentle wake-up call to her bedtime prayers, LaTasha is caught up in the spirit of the Paradise Baptist Church. Sunday is a long day filled with different experiences, and readers share this appealing child's observations on all of them, from the "Blue-Haired Ladies" who greet her with pinches on the cheek; to the joy of her "Baptism;" her confessional, "My Offering," when she admits that she gives God his due unless she needs an ice-cream cone; and the tasty "Church Supper." LaTasha is a religious child, but her experiences are not unique to her Baptist upbringing, except in the two poems, "On the March" and "Jubilation," which catch the lively musical experience of this traditional black church. Bryant's lively watercolors reveal a congregation caught up in its worship. The people are of all ages and are dressed in their most colorful best. Light flows through stained-glass windows, and the minister's Afrocentric-style vestments add another touch of color. Grimes's topical poems are short and down-to-earth enough to engage children and occasionally will sweep them along with a bouncy rhythm or a spark of recognition that brings LaTasha's Sunday to life. Both the text and pictures evoke a celebration of one ethnic and religious group.Rosanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Ilene Cooper
Grimes and Bryant combine their talents in a book that's bursting with joy. It's Sunday, and Latasha is heading off to church. There's no foot-dragging for this ebullient little girl. From the moment Mommy wakes her and whispers, "Time to shed dawn's cozy quilt," Latasha is eager to experience all that church has to offer. She loves to look at the ladies' hats, though she is less enthusiastic about the older parishioners who want to pinch her cheek. Nevertheless, she holds still for a minute and smiles, "like God would want me to." Grimes' short poems, boxed neatly into each ink-and-watercolor double-page spread, capture both the jubilation of a spirit-filled African American congregation and the more solemn moments. Yet both author and illustrator make sure that all this wonder is reflected strictly from the child's point of view. When Latasha makes her offering, she notes that she always tries to give all the money she has, though she's tempted to hold back when she wants to buy an ice-cream cone. And at the altar, the picture shows the rest of the congregation with eyes closed, while Latasha keeps hers open, hoping she can catch the exact second when God's spirit lights on one of them. Latasha's feelings about herself and her God are summed up neatly in the poem, "Esther." Esther is Latasha's favorite character in the Bible "because she's brave / and she's smart / and she's a girl--/ and I'm all of that, too. Just ask God. / He'll tell you."
Kirkus Reviews
Composed as a suite of pitch-perfect poems, Grimes (Portrait of Mary, 1994, etc.) affectionately portrays a young girl's enjoyment of the spirit and practice of Sunday services in her community's church.

On Sunday, LaTasha's mother wakes her up with whispers, and after she is dressed, "I practically run to Paradise—/to Paradise Baptist Church." There she is greeted and pinched by "Blue-Haired Ladies," surveys the "Ladies' Hats," and admires the "White Gloves" worn by the ushers. She enjoys the "march-march-marching in place," gently sways to "Rock-a-my-soul," and feels joy in her baptism. Sunday school, collection plate offerings, and children's prayers are celebrated, as are delicious church suppers, a visiting preacher, and the final "Sunday Evening" service. At the end of the long, joy-filled day, LaTasha is sleepy and glad she spent "another day in Paradise." While some of Bryant's watercolor paintings are more skilled than others, the overall effect is one of exaltation tempered by serene faith. Whatever their religious background, readers will smile at the jubilation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802851086
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.58(w) x 11.76(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes isthe recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence inPoetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALANotable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott KingAward winner Bronx Masquerade, the novelsJazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road toParis (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books). Creatorof the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes livesin Corona, California.

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