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From the Publisher"Gorgeous . . . The impressionistic, color-rich paintings are as warm and expressive as the lyrical story." —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"In subtle, cadenced poetry, Harrington brings close the stark realities blacks faced in the segregated South. Lagarrigue's paintings beautifully capture the family scenes...in soft-edged, thickly brushed strokes that heighten the powerful emotions in Jesse's words - the nostalgia, the worry, and the bittersweet hope about a promising new place."
— Starred, Booklist
"Lagarrigue's paintings are...powerful and well-suited to Harrington's somber, poetic narrative voice. A solid choice for readers." — Starred, School Library Journal
"Harrington's...attention to detail deepens the symbolic resonance of the family's journey. Lagarrigue's deeply hued, soul-stirring landscapes escort the family...together, text and illustration offer an almost tangible embodiment of the regrets that accompany leaving and the anticipation of better things to come." — The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books