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The baby on the way

by English, Karen.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Hill District Children's Picture Books j Fic English,
Location  CLP - Hill District
Collection  Children's Picture Books
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Picture Books j Fic English,
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Children's Picture Books
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS-Gr. 2. The joyful subject of a baby's birth connects a young African American boy with his family roots. As Jamal picks tomatoes with Grandma at their city rooftop garden, he asks, Were you a baby? She answers, I sure was. Your ol' grandma was even once the baby on the way, and she goes back to the family story about being born in the small farmhouse, her Mama's tenth and last child. After her birth there were the traditional takin' up ceremonies . . . probably passed down from slavery times, when she was carried around the house seven times, people sang and prayed, and she was named. Then Jamal imagines himself telling his grandchildren how he was once a baby on the way. The intimate artwork, in earth colors with pencil-thin line details, shows the loving bond between family members stretching back in time and into the future. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "First-time illustrator Qualls elegantly applies textured brushstrokes in somber hues of pale green, coral and grayish-blue to bring to life this heartfelt conversation between young Jamal and his grandmother. On an apartment rooftop, where the artist pictures Jamal's grandmother tending a vegetable garden, the boy asks, "Grandma... Were you ever a little girl?" She responds, "Your ol' grandma was even once the baby on the way." As she tells the story of her birth (presumably as it was told to her), the spread divides into two pictures: on the left, in a rectangular box, Grandma and Jamal converse while she makes them a salad, and on the right, a full-bleed page depicts Grandma's flashbacks of her childhood on a farm. English (Hot Day on Abbott Avenue) peppers the dialogue with pleasing idioms and colorful details that lend an immediacy to the longago events, as Daddy paced, the dog whimpered and Grandma's nine older siblings were sent from the house. Ten days after her birth came the "the takin' up ceremonies-somethin' probably passed down from slavery times," says Grandma. "Mama... carried me around the house seven times, singin' and prayin' all the while." When Grandma finishes her tale, Jamal wonders aloud if someone will ever ask him if he was a baby and Grandma says: "I know all about it. Shall I tell it to you?" A poignant reminder that while life experiences vary greatly over generations, the tradition of keeping memories alive through storytelling endures. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Babies -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2005
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Qualls, Sean.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 0374373612
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