Honey, I Love

Honey, I Love

by Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist
     
 

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Originally published in 1978 as part of a collection of poems, Honey, I Love is an enchanting poem about love and the simple joys of everyday life. A young girl counts all the things she loves, which include jumping through a flying pool of water on a hot summer day, going for family car ride, and the soft feel of her mother's arm. Now available in full

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Originally published in 1978 as part of a collection of poems, Honey, I Love is an enchanting poem about love and the simple joys of everyday life. A young girl counts all the things she loves, which include jumping through a flying pool of water on a hot summer day, going for family car ride, and the soft feel of her mother's arm. Now available in full color, this poem glows with the warmth of a simple day in a young girl's life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After first appearing in Honey, I Love and Other Poems (1978), now, Eloise Greenfield's Honey, I Love, in which an African-American child joyfully recounts the things that make her life special, appears as a stand-alone poem in a 25th-anniversary picture book edition, illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Greenfield brings her poetic vision of family love to young children in this book. Written for new readers, the book is filled with evocative images like the way a cousin from the South talks so "every word he says just kind of slides out of his mouth." Greenfield supports young readers with a song-like rhythmic words, images they can relate too, and a nurturing spirit that echoes in the ending refrain, "I love a lot of things,/ a whole lot of things/ And honey,/ I love ME, too." 1994 (orig.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The images of a young girl's life shimmer in these fifteen free verse poems. Evident here in Greenfield's lyrical style, which has been applauded in her many books for children. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Honey, I Love, the title poem from Greenfield's popular 1978 collection (HarperCollins), and On My Horse, a new poem, are filled with full-color illustrations featuring African Americans. The two simple stories describe a young girl's favorite summer activities and a boy's riding fantasy as he is led around on a gentle horse. The verses are simple, with flowing language and limited rhyme and repetition. Gilchrist's pictures fill the pages with large realistic portraits brimming with the warmth and pleasures of childhood. Their size and clarity make these books good candidates for toddler and preschool story hours as well as for one-on-one sharing.-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Kirkus Reviews
Iffy art cramps this 25th-anniversary reissue of the joyful title poem from Greenfield’s first collection (1978), illustrated by the Dillons. As timeless as ever, the poem celebrates everything a child loves, from kissing Mama’s warm, soft arm to listening to a cousin from the South, " ’cause every word he says / just kind of slides out of his mouth." "I love a lot of things / a whole lot of things," the narrator concludes, "And honey, / I love ME, too." The African-American child in the pictures sports an updated hairstyle and a big, infectious grin—but even younger viewers will notice that the spray of cool water that supposedly "stings my stomach" isn’t aimed there, and that a comforter on the child’s bed changes patterns between pages. More problematic, though, is a dropped doll that suddenly acquires a horrified expression that makes it look disturbingly like a live baby, and the cutesy winged fairy that hovers over the sleeping child in the final scene. The poem deserves better. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060091255
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
181,566
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

By Myself

When I'm by myself
And I close my eyes
I'm a twin
I'm a dimple in a chin
I'm a room full of toys
I'm a squeaky noise
I'm a gospel song
I'm a gong
I'm a leaf turning red
I'm a loaf of brown bread
I'm a whatever I want to be
An anything I care to be
And when I open my eyes
What I care to be
Is me

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield's love of writing shines through brilliantly in each and every one of her books, which include Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, both illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, the Foundation for Children's Literature Hope S. Dean Award, and the National Council for the Social Studies Carter G. Woodson Book Award. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, DC. You can follow her on Twitter @ELGreenfield.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is the award-winning illustrator-author of seventy-four children's books. Dr. Gilchrist illustrated the highly acclaimed picture book The Great Migration: Journey to the North, winner of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, a Junior Library Guild Best Book, an NAACP Image Award nominee, a CCBC Best Book, and a Georgia State Children's Book Award nominee. She won the Coretta Scott King Award for her illustrations in Nathaniel Talking and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her illustrations in Night on Neighborhood Street, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She was inducted into the Society of Illustrators in 2001 and into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 1999. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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