Some mornings, Annie's mother's smiles are as bright as sunshine as she makes pancakes for breakfast and helps Annie get ready for school.
But other days, her mother doesn't smile at all and gets very angry. Those days Annie has to be a big girl and make her own breakfast, and even put herself to bed at night. But Annie's grandma helps her remember what to do when her mommy isn't well, and her silly friends are there to cheer her up. And no matter what, Annie knows that even when Mommy is angry on the outside, on the inside she never stops loving her.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.52(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.13(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Bebe Moore Campbell was a bestselling author and a journalist. Her nonfiction work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ms., Essence, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Working Mother, USA Weekend, and Adweek, among other publications. She was a regular contributor to National Public Radio.
Bebe Moore Campbell was the author of such national, critically acclaimed bestsellers as Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, and What You Owe Me as well as the award-winning children’s book, Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry and the recently published Stompin’ at the Savoy.
Campbell was born and grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught elementary and middle school for five years. She is survived by her husband, Ellis Gordon, Jr., her daughter, the actress Maia Campbell, and a son, Ellis Gordon III.
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Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry
By BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL
G. P. PUTNAM'S SONSCopyright © 2003 Bebe Moore Campbell
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Chapter OneWhen I wake up, Mommy is making pancakes. She flips them high in the air and sings, "Who wants hot, golden circles?"
"I do! I do!" I say.
Mommy raises the shade in the kitchen. "A great big yellow ball rolled in to see you, Annie." My mommy speaks very fast.
She nibbles a pancake and sips black coffee while I stuff my face. "Annie, are those golden circles yummalicious?" she asks.
"Super yummalicious!" I say.
When I finish breakfast, Mommy helps me to put on my clothes. "Beautastic!" she says when I am dressed all in purple.
She gives me a kiss and a big smile. I hope that she is still smiling when I come home. Sometimes my mommy doesn't smile at all.
Carmen and her big sister Jasmine are waiting outside to walk with me to school. "Hey, Annie Fannie, Wannie, Pannie, Mannie," Jasmine says. "You look cute today. Except, what's that green stuff dripping out of your nose?"
When I reach for my nose, Jasmine laughs. "Got you good, like I knew I would!"
In school my teacher, Mr. Perez, passes out crayons and paper. He watches my friend Kevin. "Draw something happy," he tells the class. "Kevin, take your seat!" Kevin tries to sit still but he just can't.
Kevin draws a funny picture. He brings it over to me. "This is Trash Can Boy. He eats trash from my room so I never have to clean it," he whispers. "Trash Can Boy, eat Annie's nose!" Kevin says. I giggle.
"Kevin, go to the time-out chair," Mr. Perez says. I feel sorry for my friend.
"Excellent job, Annie," Mr. Perez says. "Tell the class what you drew."
"This is my mommy and me," I say. "We have pancakes inside us and sunshine all around us."
When I walk home, the sun is hiding. Carmen and I fling our hair from side to side. "Oh, no," Jasmine says. "Madam Baby Sis, three of your braids just fell on the ground. Oooh, what's Mommy gonna say?"
When Carmen stops to look behind her, Jasmine laughs so hard, she almost chokes. "I can fool ya, because I rule ya!" Carmen makes a face.
"Mommy! Mommy! Come see my picture," I call. My neighbor Mr. Simms waves at me. I say good-bye to my friends, but they wait for my mommy to let me in.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Primary/Intermediate This is a good example of realistic fiction. It is a fictional story but it could really happen. It could happen and is set in modern times. The character of Mommy has a mental illness. She is dynamic in that she changes from happy to sad but it is not a growing process. More than anything she is a flat character who we know little. Media: Watercolor