From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Cummings combines rollicking verse with vibrant full-page illustrations to create an eye-catching, toe-tapping board book. "My aunt came back/from Timbuktu/She brought me back/a wooden shoe" is one of the seven rhymes that features a jazzy young woman who brings presents from all over the world to her adoring niece. While places such as Bucharest, Pakistan, and Beijing, and items such as a parasol (from Montreal) and a red beret (from Mandalay) will be new to most preschoolers, the lilting text will have them chanting along before too many repeat readings. Each full-page spread depicts the earth's curvature in the background, a building native to the area of the aunt's visits on the left side, and the child's world on the right. The expressive African-American characters, brimming with joy, are vintage Cummings. An appealing offering by a multitalented author/illustrator.Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library,
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From Kirkus Reviews
An unusual board book--and entry in the Harper Growing Tree series--that stars an irresistible aunt and a galloping text. Seven destinations and verses describe her travels, e.g., ``My aunt came back from Timbuktu/She brought me back a wooden shoe./My aunt came back from Pakistan/She brought me back a painted fan.'' At the end, the niece becomes a traveler, too. Every spread shows the curve of the earth in the background, with a building in the style of the country the aunt has visited on the left, and the niece's apartment building on the right. The aunt wears wild and exotic clothing throughout, and sports wonderfully decorated and adorned braids, but what emerges is her independence and sense of adventure, which she succinctly and affectionately passes on to her niece in very few pages. (Board book. 1-3) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.