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Big Papa and the time machine

by Bernstrom, Daniel,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

A beautiful journey into African American history: Discover the true meaning of being brave in this tender and whimsical picture book from Daniel Bernstrom (One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree; Gator, Gator, Gator) and Shane Evans (Chocolate Me!) that follows a grandfather and grandson traveling through time and discovering their own African American history.

When a little boy is feeling afraid to go to school one day, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine--a 1952 Ford--back to all of the times when he was scared of something life was handing him. "That's called being brave," Big Papa says over and over.

Full of heartfelt moments and thrilling magical realism, Big Papa and the Time Machine speaks to the African American experience in a touching dialogue between two family members from different generations and emerges as a voice that shares history and asks questions about one family's experience in 20th-century black America.

"Wasn't you scared?"

"Oh, I was scared," Big Papa said. "Sometimes you gotta walk with giants if you ever gonna know what you made of. That's called being brave."

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Big Papa takes his grandchild back in time to see what bravery looks like in this tender story by Bernstrom (Gator, Gator, Gator!). School-shy, the baseball cap--wearing grandchild admits, "I'm scared I'll miss you." Big Papa's majestic vintage auto takes them into the past--Chicago and Little Rock, Ark., to moments in the 1940s--1980s. In 1952, they see a lady holding a young man "tighter than tight." "Big Papa? That you?" his grandchild says, "You left your mama!" "Yes," Big Papa says. He was afraid, "but sometimes you gotta lose the life you have if you ever gonna find the one you want." Evans (Hands Up!) draws Big Papa at the wheel, a large, reassuring presence, as his grandchild gazes out at the past. Wide angles give the spreads visual power, while soft pastels convey the journey's otherworldly atmosphere and the stories' intimacy. When the grandchild sees a grown man snatch a paper out of young Big Papa's hands in 1941--"See this cotton, and see that field?" the man tells young Big Papa. "Look at it. This is your school"--the grandchild understands why his grand- father thinks school is so important, and sees how it's possible to be simultaneously scared and brave. Ages 4--8. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Courage -- Juvenile fiction.
Time travel -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Courage -- Fiction.
Time travel -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Evans, Shane, illustrator.
Audience Ages. 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0062463314
9780062463319
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