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A young girl and her grandmother visit the girl's father in prison.
"Woodson stays firmly planted in the perspective of a sentient young child who is comforted by the familiarity of her world."—Children's Literature
"The text is spare, gentle, and reassuring."—School Library Journal
Only on Visiting Day is there chicken frying in the kitchen at 6 a.m.
and Grandma humming soft and low,
smiling her secret just-for-Daddy-and-me smile,
and me lying me bed,
smiling my just-for-Grandma-and-Daddy smile.
And maybe Daddy is already up,
brushing his teeth,
combing his hair back, saying,
"Yeah, that pretty little girl of mine is coming today,"
with all the men around him looking on jealous-like
'cause they wish they had a little girl of their own coming.
Posted April 9, 2010
What a great addition to my classroom library! This story deals with the rare topic of visiting a loved one in prison. Woodson does an amazing job describing the visits from a child's point of view, and how she looks forward to them. It gives a rare glimpse into this situation that is often not spoken about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2010
I like using this book in my classroom to teach a variety of language arts skills (using pictures to interpret, first person narrative, different writing styles, etc.). The pictures are rich in color, detail, and emotion. The story is a one-day glimpse into a world that many children experience but no one wants to discuss--having a parent incarcerated. There is nothing that makes this scary for elementary children to read, but it's not a lighthearted, happy-ending book either. Admittedly, I get a little teary when I share it! I have had a complaint from another teacher who felt the book was offensive because the characters are African-American.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.