In My Momma's Kitchen

In My Momma's Kitchen

by Jerdine Nolen Harold, Colin Bootman
     
 

From Talking Pots Day, when the aunts all gather to make the biggest pot of soup in town, to serenades and stories late at night, when the rest of the world is asleep, "seems like everything good that happens in my house happens in my momma's kitchen." A celebration of African-American life and the bonds that unite all families, generation after generation. See more details below

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From Talking Pots Day, when the aunts all gather to make the biggest pot of soup in town, to serenades and stories late at night, when the rest of the world is asleep, "seems like everything good that happens in my house happens in my momma's kitchen." A celebration of African-American life and the bonds that unite all families, generation after generation.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
Various scenes that have taken place in the kitchen of this loving family are the subject matter of a series of vignettes. The youngest daughter of the family remembers Great-aunt Caroline's visits, her aunts making their giant kettles of soup, a humorous crab apple jelly disaster, and the corn pudding that was her father's specialty. Nolen offers good examples of committing to writing, those special events of our everyday lives. The illustrations by Bootman are realistic and very touching.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-"Seems like everything good that happens in my house happens in my momma's kitchen." So begins the narrator of this book, an unnamed girl. Following are eight short vignettes that detail the various activities that take place in the heart of this loving African-American family's home. As Momma and her sisters gather to make the biggest pot of soup in town, Great-aunt Caroline celebrates her 95th birthday, and the whole family ends up in the kitchen raiding the refrigerator and listening to Daddy's stories. An especially pleasing tale depicts the father's autumn ritual of taking over the kitchen to make corn pudding. The narrator says that, "Watching Daddy make the corn pudding is a lot better than actually eating it" but when he "presents it at the dinner table wearing that smile of his and humming `Glory Hallelujah,' having to eat it is worth it." Bootman's full-page illustrations, done in rich oil paints and framed against a white backdrop, nicely reflect the warmth that radiates from the stories. While the book has no high drama or overt humor, those who read it will share this family's feeling of contentment and quiet satisfaction.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
These brief episodes from a mother's kitchen showcase Nolen's enticing prose and her inclusive world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688127619
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Amistad Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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