First Pink Light

First Pink Light

by Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creators of Nathaniel Talking and Night on Neighborhood Street again pool their considerable talents for a sympathetic and accessible tale. Like a one-act play, the story's scope is small: a boy talks his mother into letting him wait up for his father's return. The focus here is not on just the events, however, but also on the emotions involved--Tyree's elation with the cardboard fort he hides in while his mother does her homework, his sweetly transparent manipulations to get his way and, finally, as the ``first pink light'' of dawn appears, his welcome surrender to sleep. Accordingly, Gilchrist's illustrations focus on those windows of emotion, the faces. Her portraits are suffused with ardor and affection, and help create fully realized characters. Kudos also to this duo for their loving depiction of an African American family with a strong father figure. This tender book is a valuable addition--but needn't be limited--to the multicultural bookshelf. Ages 4-11. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
In addition to wonderful board books, Greenfield and Gilchrist collaborate on a lyrical, sensitive story for older children, First Pink Light. The tale tells of a young boy welcoming his father back home to his loving family.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Tyree is determined to stay awake until his father, who's been away from home for a month, returns in the morning. He wants to hear `` . . . daddy's hard shoes on the steps, and hear his daddy's key clicking in the door.'' Mother finally tucks him in a chair to wait. Tyree does fall asleep, but it doesn't matter in the pleasure of his father's homecoming. Without sentimentality, and in flowing natural language, Greenfield shows the loving interaction of a young black child and his parents. Gentle watercolor illustrations enhance the feeling of a close family relationship. Tyree's emotions, from his stubborn refusal to go to bed to his fight to keep awake, are shown in his posture and on his face. The father is a handsome, smiling man set against a background of the warm ``first pink light'' of morning. First published in 1976 and illustrated by Moneta Barnett (Crowell; o.p.), the story has been given an updated look with full-color illustrations and a larger format. There is more emphasis on closeups of Tyree, and the faces of all three characters are more individualized and realistically expressive. This is a loving family story that will have strong appeal for a new generation of children. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

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Writers & Readers Publishing, Inc.
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8.81(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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