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Mama Learns to Drive: Stories That Celebrate Mothers
     

Mama Learns to Drive: Stories That Celebrate Mothers

by Donald Davis
 
Critically acclaimed author, storyteller, and humorist shares his "novel of memories" on the unique character of his mother in celebration of her life after dying in 1998. Although Mama was in many of his other stories as an outside character, Davis realized after her death that she had never played a primary role. That's when all of the memories started flooding back

Overview

Critically acclaimed author, storyteller, and humorist shares his "novel of memories" on the unique character of his mother in celebration of her life after dying in 1998. Although Mama was in many of his other stories as an outside character, Davis realized after her death that she had never played a primary role. That's when all of the memories started flooding back. These eight stories, including "That's What Mamas Do" and "A Room of My Own," encourage the audience to consider the importance of individual people in their own families and to share their stories.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Gillian Engberg
Gr. 4-7. Nationally known storyteller Davis expands on his well-received 2002 CD of the same name in this compendium of family stories that center on his mother, who came of age in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains in the 1930s. Davis mixes stories about his mother’s youth with his own growing up in the 1950s. The heavy nostalgic tone will deter some young readers; the most enthusiastic audience for this may be baby boomers who can connect with references to Lawrence Welk and Pat Boone, as well as the recurring "boys will be boys" sentiment. Still, contemporary kids will recognize timeless family scenarios in several amusing stories--among them, Davis’ creative schemes for hiding dinner portions of detested peas and carrots. Teachers may want to choose relevant portions of the book to share with students; Davis’ experienced storytelling ensures a smooth read-aloud.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-These eight short reminiscences are shaped loosely and recall the author's mother's vigilance, her learning to drive in the 1950s in rural North Carolina, and a questionable batch of fruitcake cookies that provoked dire consequences when given to teachers at Christmas. The selections reflect the leisurely pace of life in the '50s and flicker between then and later when Davis's mother was nearing the end of her life. Adults may identify with or be charmed by these stories. Children may find the slow pace and somewhat fusty voice of the storyteller off-putting, but they'll also envy Donald's freedom and the coziness of his family life, school, and community.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874837452
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 8.71(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Donald Davis Bio:Donald Davis was raised in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He didn't realize it at the time, but he grew up in a family of gifted storytellers who passed their talent along to Donald. His legendary Uncle Frank was a front-porch storyteller of the first order and the source of many of Donald’s tales. Young Davis was a capable student. He went to college and then to divinity school. For twenty years he served the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Then came a day when he found that he would rather tell Uncle Frank's tall tales than give another sermon. He would rather recall two old-maid sisters who abused the party line than marry one more couple.
Fortunately, Davis had no trouble finding audiences: all of his former congregations lined up to book him to perform as a storyteller. He now tours the USA ten months a year, making about 300 storytelling presentations annually. He can be found in schools, at libraries, in front of conventions, and as a headliner at storytelling festivals. Davis has appeared on ABC News Nightline, and he has been a guest on National Public Radio and CNN.
His books and spoken word recordings have received critical acclaim and won many awards. Davis has written ten books and recorded twenty audio recordings with August House. When Donald isn’t crisscrossing the country performing his stories, he comes home to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Merle.

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