Sweet, Sweet Memory

Sweet, Sweet Memory

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by Jacqueline Woodson, Floyd Cooper
     
 

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Now that Grandpa's gone, Sarah tries to remember what he used to say about the garden. Like us, he would tell her, a part of it never dies. Everything and everyone goes on and on. But Sarah feels very sad, even though Grandma and all the relatives are with her, sharing

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Now that Grandpa's gone, Sarah tries to remember what he used to say about the garden. Like us, he would tell her, a part of it never dies. Everything and everyone goes on and on. But Sarah feels very sad, even though Grandma and all the relatives are with her, sharing stories and hugs. How can life go on without Grandpa?

As summer slips into fall, Grandma and Sarah share a rich garden harvest-and their sweet, sweet memories of Grandpa. The stories and memories of loved ones, Sarah learns, are what keep everything and everyone going on and on.

This spare and beautiful picture book balances sadness and mourning with the comforting notion of the continuity of all life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sarah wakes up and puts on the pretty new dress that Grandma made her. You just know it's going to be a special day, and indeed it is. It is the day of Grandpa's funeral. While the family gathers at Grandma's to share stories and memories, Sarah clutches her cat and says nothing. When her uncle reassures her that "everything and everyone goes on and on," she recognizes her grandfather's familiar words of wisdom, repeated to family members in every generation. In this continuity Sarah finds comfort, and by the end of the book, when she and Grandma harvest the bounty of Grandpa's garden, she finds happiness. The simple, spare prose of this story is beautifully complemented by convincingly realistic illustrations that bring the expressive faces of Sarah's African American family to life. Illustrated in glowing pastel paintings by three-time Coretta Scott King Honor artist Floyd Cooper, this is a book that treats the delicate subject of death and grieving with warmth and dignity. 2000, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, $15.49 and $14.99. Ages 5 to 9. Reviewer: Michele Tremaine
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-A sad young girl readies herself for her beloved grandfather's funeral. Soon relatives gather to share prayer, food, and stories. Sarah's story, however, remains "stuck there in the back of my throat" until an uncle reminds her that her grandfather always said, "Everything and everyone goes on and on." That "sweet memory" finally brings a smile to her face and to the faces of others who recall that he told them the same thing. And life does go on for the girl and her grandmother. There is much to like about this lyrical text, but there are some jarring transitions as well. It is also difficult to believe that a child who is combing her hair by herself for the first time would utter sentences like, "The house is hushed and golden," and "Outside, the sun fades and the crickets' song grows loud." Still, the repetition of "everything and everyone goes on and on" is well paced throughout the text and delineated in the movement of seasons, and memories of the deceased man continuing to live on in the hearts and minds of those who loved him. Cooper's signature soft-textured illustrations are the perfect complement for Woodson's gentle text. They are large, framed in the same cream-colored background on which the text is placed, and spill over onto each facing page. Cooper's faces are filled with a range of emotions, from sorrow to joy to determination to continue with the business of living.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423106807
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
05/22/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the 2006 Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She is the author of many critically acclaimed books for children, and has received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor Award for Show Way, a Coretta Scott King Award, and five Coretta Scott King Author Honors. Jacqueline Woodson lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Floyd Cooper has illustrated numerous books for children, for which he has received many awards, including three Coretta Scott King Honors. Mr. Cooper lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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Sweet, Sweet Memory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Teacher10LN More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Woodson created an excellent story about coping with the loss of a loved one from a child's perspective. For many children, they do not understand how to deal with the death and grief. However, after reading this they will be comforted that someone else has gone through it, and that life goes on.