Pitching in for Eubie

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Lily knows that nothing is more important than family. She's so proud when her sister, Eubie, wins a college scholarship. And when her family pulls together to earn the rest of the money Eubie needs, Lily wants to help out too. But she's too young to do most jobs. What can she do to pitch in for Eubie?

Through her lyrical prose, Jerdine Nolen shares a heartfelt story about people working together to make dreams come true. And as Caldecott Honor artist E. B. Lewis reminds us in ...

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Overview

Lily knows that nothing is more important than family. She's so proud when her sister, Eubie, wins a college scholarship. And when her family pulls together to earn the rest of the money Eubie needs, Lily wants to help out too. But she's too young to do most jobs. What can she do to pitch in for Eubie?

Through her lyrical prose, Jerdine Nolen shares a heartfelt story about people working together to make dreams come true. And as Caldecott Honor artist E. B. Lewis reminds us in his luminous, tender paintings, nothing is more important than those family ties that bind us.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Young Lily reports the excitement in her African American family when her sister Eubie receives a college scholarship. But $3,000 more is needed for her room and board. The girls’ papa says that if everyone pitches in over the summer, they can raise the money, for “dreams are made to come true.” Lily does all she can as her family members all work harder, but she does not think it is enough. No one buys her iced tea or wants her to pet sit. Finally, Mrs. Tolliver needs someone to look in on her mother while she is away. Lily speaks up, gets the job, and feels she is finally pitching in to make “dreams come true.” Lewis has chosen parts of the narrative sure to generate emotion to illustrate in single and double-page naturalistic watercolors. Lily’s body is limp, her face down, as she sits in her papa’s lap feeling unable to earn money. She waits in vain for customers for her tea. But she raises her arms in glee as she offers to help Mrs. Tolliver out. Lewis adds details of time and place to make the reader feel present in this inspirational story. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
As this story opens, a smiling postal carrier hands an envelope to Mama. It is a special-delivery letter addressed to her daughter, Eubie. Mama rings the dinner bell and Papa, Jacob, and Eubie come running back to the house. The girl reads the letter aloud. She has been accepted to college and is being offered a four-year merit scholarship. The one problem is that the family will have to pay three thousand dollars toward room and board. This, then, is the heart of the story, as everyone comes up with a way to raise money to make Eubie's dream a reality. Lily, the youngest member and the narrator, sets up an iced-tea stand (no one comes by) and tries to start a pet-sitting business, but nothing seems to work, and she grows discouraged. One day, a neighbor tells Mama that she and her husband will be leaving town for two weeks, and she is worried that her mother will be lonely. This provides the perfect opportunity for Lily to help out and also make some money. Lewis's tender watercolors capture Lily's determination and frustration as well as the essence of the hopes and dreams of a close-knit African-American family.
—Mary N. OluonyeCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Lily is thrilled when her sister Eubie wins a college scholarship. The only thing is that Eubie will have to pay $3,000 for room and board, so the whole family decides to pitch in. Papa will do some extra work, Mama will sew, brother Jacob has a paper route and is going to check for something more and Eubie can babysit. But what can Lily do? She tries to help out around the house, but that's not enough. No one stops at her iced-tea stand, and her plan to sell worms as fishing bait goes awry. She tries pet-sitting but gets no offers. Then Mrs. Tolliver comes to pick up the dress Mama has made, and an opportunity arises. Mrs. Tolliver is worried about leaving her mother alone, so Lily offers to help out. Now Lily can relax; she's going to help her sister's dreams come true. Finely rendered realistic paintings bring life to Lily and her family in this story about taking responsibility and being there for a family member who needs help. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688149178
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,181,292
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerdine Nolen is the author of a diverse range of picture books, from the thoughtful In My Momma's Kitchen to the wildly imaginative Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, which was made into a TV movie. Jerdine Nolen lives with her children in Ellicott City, Maryland.

E. B. Lewis has won several awards for his magnificent illustrations, including a Caldecott Honor for Coming On Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson and a Coretta Scott King Honor for Talkin' About Bessie by Nikki Grimes. E. B. Lewis teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives in Folsom, New Jersey.

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