Honey Baby Sugar Child

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A mother expresses her everlasting love for her child in this warm, poetic picture book. Alice Faye Duncan's playful, affectionate text and Susan Keeter's tender paintings will touch your heart and soul.
I'm gone always be yo sweet Ma'Dear, and you gone always be my baby.

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A mother expresses her everlasting love for her child in this warm, poetic picture book. Alice Faye Duncan's playful, affectionate text and Susan Keeter's tender paintings will touch your heart and soul.
I'm gone always be yo sweet Ma'Dear, and you gone always be my baby.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this touching picture book, a mother tenderly expresses her unconditional love for her toddler son. She shows her love by holding her son in her arms and hugging him tightly, giving him gentle kisses on his cheeks, twirling and running with him in the green grass, and playing games, such as patty-cake with him. No matter what time of day or what activity they are involved in, she always takes the opportunity to share her affections with her son. It is easy for readers to see how much this mother loves her son, and how important he is to her. This endearing story is a perfect read-aloud for bedtime or anytime parents want to remind their children how much they mean to them. Young readers will enjoy the soothing, poetic text, as well as the warm, endearing artwork. 2005, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6.
—Debra Briatico
School Library Journal
PreS-Rhythmic, somewhat dialectal prose combines with Keeter's warm and expressive oil paintings to convey a sense of song and motion across the pages of this simple book. Heartwarming scenes of an African-American mother and child cuddling, playing, dancing, and napping together are sure to evoke powerful feelings of love, nurturing, and security in both parent and child. Pair this lyrical offering with one of these other stories depicting young children, mostly African American, within the context of a loving family: Trish Cooke's So Much (1994) and Full, Full, Full of Love (2003, both Candlewick); Ann Tyler's Baby Dance (1999); and Vera B. Williams's "More More More," Said the Baby (1990, both HarperCollins).-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The use of oils on gessoed paper makes for extraordinarily rich painting, and Keeter's double-paged, full-bleed, beautifully colored illustrations have a delicious power. A mother and her son fill these pages, usually in tight close-up, while the mom cuddles her little one, feeds him, takes him out to run in the grass and play patty-cake. Mom, with her gold jewelry, corn-rows, and open, smiling face is as beautiful as her bright-eyed little one-who appears to be about one or two-is cute. And what does she say? What all moms say, crooning a maternal love song: "Sugar Child, / Sweet Puddin' 'n' Pie, / Lord knows / it's true what I say. . . . You the star in my crown. / You the joy in my smile. / You the angel in my dreams." This paean to maternal heart's delight is couched in lilting language with a touch of black or Southern intonation, excellent for reading aloud and rocking along. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689846786
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 780,680
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice Faye Duncan is the author of The National Civil Rights Museum Celebrates Everyday People, which received starred reviews; Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee; and Willie Jerome, which Kirkus Reviews described as "a smart prose poem where every word has a purpose." She is a children's librarian in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Susan Keeter is a fine artist and illustrator with degrees in these subjects from Syracuse University. She illustrated The Piano by William Miller, which received the Best Picture Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International; and Tippy Lemmey by Patricia C. McKissack. Her paintings have been shown in both juried group shows and several one-person shows. Keeter lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Seth, and their daughters, Sara and Emma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2005

    Two Thumbs Up!!!

    Honey Baby Sugar Child is one of the cutest children's books that I've ever read. The illustrations are wonderful and it makes the perfect bedtime story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    Heartwarming and Charming

    As with her other books, Alice Faye Duncan has delivered again. This story touches the heart. I was fortunate enough to get a promotional copy, and everyone I showed it to has raved over it. This story sings!

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