By the Coretta Scott King Honor author
In an urban rooftop garden, a young African American boy named Jamal initiates an intriguing conversation with his grandmother when he asks her if she was ever a baby. Turns out Grandma was even once ?the baby on the way,? and she proceeds to tell the story of her birth, the tenth child in a poor farming family. As she discusses the events and traditions that accompanied her welcome to the world, from the fetching of the midwife to a folkways ritual of drinking water from a thimble, vivid, expressionistic paintings from a talented new illustrator evoke the past.
A gentle and satisfying book that will inspire young readers to gather other stories about being the baby on the way.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||8.38(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.39(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Karen English is the author of many children?s books, including Speak to Me (And I Will Listen between the Lines), which was a School Library Journal Best Book of 2004. She lives in Richmond, California.
This is Sean Qualls?s first book. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You know I loved this one...knowing the history of the story. Thanks for keeping it real and putting it out there for all of us to read.