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Come Sunday Hardcover – May 2, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books For Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 2, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802851088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802851086
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In lively and delicious poetry, accompanied by evocative, full-color illustrations, Nikki Grimes recounts LaTasha's Sunday adventures in Paradise?Paradise Baptist Church, that is. From rising in the morning, to greeting the blue-haired ladies at church, to the soft and powerful voice of the visiting lady preacher, the church offering, a baptism, a church supper and finally home to bed, Grimes brings the experience of Sundays at church to life. Reverent, funny and wildly energetic all at the same time, this is a wonderful book for introducing children to church life. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4. Fourteen short poems narrated by an African-American girl that concentrate mostly on preparing for and going to church with family and friends. From her mother's gentle wake-up call to her bedtime prayers, LaTasha is caught up in the spirit of the Paradise Baptist Church. Sunday is a long day filled with different experiences, and readers share this appealing child's observations on all of them, from the "Blue-Haired Ladies" who greet her with pinches on the cheek; to the joy of her "Baptism;" her confessional, "My Offering," when she admits that she gives God his due unless she needs an ice-cream cone; and the tasty "Church Supper." LaTasha is a religious child, but her experiences are not unique to her Baptist upbringing, except in the two poems, "On the March" and "Jubilation," which catch the lively musical experience of this traditional black church. Bryant's lively watercolors reveal a congregation caught up in its worship. The people are of all ages and are dressed in their most colorful best. Light flows through stained-glass windows, and the minister's Afrocentric-style vestments add another touch of color. Grimes's topical poems are short and down-to-earth enough to engage children and occasionally will sweep them along with a bouncy rhythm or a spark of recognition that brings LaTasha's Sunday to life. Both the text and pictures evoke a celebration of one ethnic and religious group.?Rosanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Nikki Grimes conveyed the fire-in-the-belly fervor of a Harlem girl who knows she was born to write in Jazmin's Notebook, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. In My Man Blue, a Booklist Editor's Choice and Newsweek Children's Books of the Year selection, her artful words expressed a boy's journey from skepticism to trust. And now with Bronx Masquerade she presents a rich chorus of eighteen voices, singing openly about ideas, feelings, and questions--things that open minds, invite debate, provide release. A recent Booklist review proclaims: "As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they're looking for--real characters who show them they are not alone."An accomplished poet, novelist, journalist, and educator, Ms. Grimes was born and raised in New York City and now lives in the Los Angeles area.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Etc. VINE VOICE on May 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Spunky LaTasha loves her Southern church, the ladies in their beautiful hats, where "Mommy's chocolatey-brown skin peeks through the white-lace gloves she likes to wear." Each page has a poem and a watercolor of part of the congregation's experience, from baptism to Sister Beverly, the visiting preacher, to the church supper of "collards and ham and honey-glazed yams, fried chicken and black-eyed peas, and pumpkin pie." This book shows the joys of belonging to a religious community.
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Come Sunday is beautifully illustrated and the poetry conveys a sweet message about a little girl's Sunday experiences about going to church.
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By purplerme on December 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Everything was good, as advertised.
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