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William and the Good Old Days

William and the Good Old Days

by Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist
     
 

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'Once again Greenfield displays commendable sensitivity in this story about an African-American boy who must cope with a beloved grandmother's illness.'—Publishers Weekly. 'This poignant exploration of a child's feelings of loss, sorrow, and hope features a closely knit African-American family and community, lovingly depicted in paintings.… A wonderful

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'Once again Greenfield displays commendable sensitivity in this story about an African-American boy who must cope with a beloved grandmother's illness.'—Publishers Weekly. 'This poignant exploration of a child's feelings of loss, sorrow, and hope features a closely knit African-American family and community, lovingly depicted in paintings.… A wonderful sense of neighborhood permeates the pages of this touching book.'—SLJ.

Notable 1994 Childrens' Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

Author Biography: Eloise Greenfield is a poet and the author of over thirty books for children, including Africa Dream, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Honey, I Love. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Based on real incidents in the life of Greenfield's illustrator friend Jan Spivey Gilchrist's son, William and the pain he faced because of his grandmother's illness. In the book as well as real life, the support of people around William help him face his sadness. William remembers his grandma setting up her sidewalk grill. "People would come around and watch, and talk to each other, and talk to me and make me laugh...all those happy people-sounds would make my food taste extra, extra good." William is resilient and his hope and optimism buoy him.
Quraysh Ali
Everyone called her Mama, and that's why Grandma named her restaurant Mama's Kitchen. The folks in the neighborhood loved her and her cooking so much that sometimes they'd help her wash the collard greens. It was William's favorite place to be, but now everything has changed. Grandma is ill, and "her eyes don't see anymore." Someone else owns the diner, and little William misses the good old days of last year. He must find peace and come to terms with the pain he feels. Feeling sad and angry, William blames a fly for all the trouble. Quite simply, it makes him feel better. He gradually learns to accept and adapt to the situation. Greenfield writes in a voice that's warm, and William's reflections are filled with a truly touching emotional sensitivity and innocent disregard for time. Gilchrist's watercolor and chalk artwork appears to be ripped from a piece of memory. Through the juxtaposition of flashback and simultaneous moment, she captures the triumphant testament to the perseverance of hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060210946
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/20/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eloise Greenfield is the author of an illustrious list of books for young people, including The Friendly Four, a Texas 2x2 Reading List book; In the Land of Words, an NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts; and How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea, winner of a Bank Street Children's Book Award—all illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award; the Coretta Scott King Author Award; the Award of Excellence from the Washington, D.C., branch of the National Writing Project; the Milner Award; the Hope S. Dean Award from the Foundation for Children's Literature; and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Ms. Greenfield lives in Washington, D.C.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist illustrated the Coretta Scott King Award Book Nathaniel Talking, the Coretta Scott King Honor Book Night on Neighborhood Street, and Me & Neesie, all written by Eloise Greenfield. She wrote and co-illustrated My America with Ashley Bryan, which was named a Parents' Choice Recommended Award winner. An inductee into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, Ms. Gilchrist received an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and a doctoral degree in English from Madison University. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.

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