On the eve of the Civil Rights Movement, while struggling to survive the emotional vacuum of his family, young Gray March escapes into the safe and magical world of his grandmother Makeda’s tiny parlor. There his life is transformed by his visits to the aging matriarch, a woman blind since birth but who has always dreamed in color. She begins to confide in Gray the things she “sees” and remembers from her dream state, and a story starts to emerge, a story that becomes increasingly more detailed, layered with descriptions and historical accuracy beyond the scope of Makeda’s elementary school education. Gradually, Gray begins to make a connection . . . a connection between his grandmother’s dream and the epic life of an African queen described in the Bible. . .
Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual journey, and part love story, Makeda is a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind. It is about the people who help to shape and mold us, and lead us into the light. Appealing to the deepest sense of who we are, Randall Robinson plumbs the hearts of grandmother Makeda and her grandson, Gray, and summons our collective blood memories, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey of the soul that will linger long after the last page has been turned.
An African-American child dreams of Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads from a strange old book, and returns to the village where her granddaddy welcomed her so long ago. Gorgeous concept, words and pictures.
Cassie, who flew above New York in “Tar Beach,” soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story’s end.
The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair–the big, fat, comfortable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was burned up–along with everything else–in the terrible fire.
This is a book of love and tenderness that is filled with the affirmation of life.
Ada Ruth’s mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. During World War II, women are needed to fill the men’s jobs. Every day Ada Ruth and Grandma wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be coming home soon.
Corey Birdsong is a lively young boy in search of freedom in the same country that made an economy of slavery. He and his family are owned by the Hart family of Kentucky. But, when Corey’s father, Roland, flees to the North, Corey and his mother follow. Corey records his daily life on the Hart farm with incredible insight and honesty, and later he describes the difficult journey along the “Underground Railroad” to the North to be reunited with his father. With the help of many kind strangers, Corey, his parents, and his new baby sister arrive safely in Canada.
Ezra Jack Keats is widely acknowledged as one of the first people to feature realistic, friendly, multi-ethnic urban settings in his picture book–forever changing the landscape of children’s literature in the process. Now this beautiful collection brings together nine of his best-loved stories, including the 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book The Snowy Day and Caldecott Honor book Goggles!, plus Whistle for Willie, Hi, Cat!, Peter’s Chair, Apt. 3, and others. Also included is artwork from an unfinished picture book, “The Giant Turnip,” published here for the very first time. An introduction by celebrated critic of children’s literature Anita Silvey outlines Keats’s career and inimitable contributions. In addition, five of the most important writers and illustrators working in the field today share their thoughts on Keats and the legacy he left behind. An afterword describes his incredible life, from his childhood in Brooklyn to children’s book legend.
Most importantly, children LOVE these stories and illustrations! I actually tried to hide the book from my child because she wanted to hear the stories ten times a night–every night.
All through the day, Yvette asks, “Is it time yet, Dad?” Dad answers, “Not yet, Yvette”. Then Yvette and her dad get busy because there’s a lot to do before Mom’s surprise birthday party. Finally, Yvette sees her mother’s car coming down the street. Dad calls to her, “Is it time yet, Yvette?” and Yvette whispers, “Yes Dad–it’s time!