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Homemade Love: Picture Book Hardcover – December 2, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786806435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786806430
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"My mama calls me girlpie," begins this tender riff on the ties that bind. "Daddy's honey bun chocolate dew drop." When the winsome girl at the story's center breaks a dish ("Everything I do cannot be right. 'Cause there is no all the time right"), her parents are quick to forgive her. Here, the tale makes an abrupt transition, and girlpie is in bed. The book ends with her drifting off to sleep, embraced by the warmth of her family's love ("No need to fear the dark place. 'Cause everywhere is home"). Despite some tender scenes and the exuberance of emotion with which hooks (Be Boy Buzz) invests her poetic prose, the picture book doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts. Evans' (Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter) illustrations go a long way toward making the moments hang together. Her cheerful, splashy paintings display an abundance of affection between the girl and her parents ("Kiss Kiss" accompanies a girlpie sandwich, the parents' faces flanking their daughter's exuberant face) and, immediately after, Evans conveys the rush of relief at having been forgiven ("Let life go on") with the heroine turning cartwheels in a field of flowers. But it may be difficult for readers to determine a theme: Is it a story about forgiveness? About overcoming fear of the dark? Perhaps the overall message of comfort and safety is enough to carry youngsters along in this upbeat hodgepodge of feel-good phrases and images. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Evans's wonderful illustrations raise this paean to parental love a notch above the ordinary. "My mama calls me girlpie. Her Sweet sweet. Daddy's honey bun chocolate Dew Drop. Homemade Love," says the small African-American narrator. The story line is minimal: her parents love her, even when she does something wrong, and their love supports her, even at night. The rhythm of the words, the smoothness of the text, and the positive message all combine to make a lovely read-aloud, despite a slightly treacly premise. Evans's folksy paintings, done in bright primary colors, are wonderful, with an appealing, dark-skinned, large-eyed little girl wearing dresses decorated with patterns that reflect the story. The artist fills up the pages so completely that readers only see the parents from the waist down for the first half of the book. When the child breaks something, her sorrow is evident, and after everything is all better, "kiss kiss," she goes outside and does cartwheels in the flowers, exuding happiness and a zest for life. An appealing addition for most collections.
Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The cadence is great and he adores the illustrations, which is not always true of picture books and six-month-olds.
E. Mattson
One of the most read books in our house - my two year old LOVES this book and requests for it be read to her almost every night before bed.
Carla Gomez
I must add that my daughter has at least twenty children's books (all great reads) but this is one of her favorites.
Mila B.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. Blandino on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I originally bought this book because it was about and african american family and I wanted my toddler to identify with any race not just our own. I didn't expect the book to be so beautiful and truly lovely, my daughter broke a jar just like the little girl in the book and everytime we get to that part she always compares herself to honey dew drop :) and it makes me so happy because not once has she asked why the family is of a different color so I believe my plan is working.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mila B. on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am usually not one to leave comments and reviews but I had to for this book. My sister bought this book for my 18 month daughter for Christmas, and I was pleased because it was about a little girl and her African American family- something my daughter can relate to. What interest me most is that this book helps children understand that mommies and daddies love unconditionally.

I must add that my daughter has at least twenty children's books (all great reads) but this is one of her favorites. Just yesterday she had me read it 5 times.
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My husband and I frequently take our two year old toddler shopping for new books... Homemade Love is a jewel! It is a story about unconditional parental love and reaches across all races and ages. My daughter wants to read it every night before going to bed... It is a very peaceful smooth-flowing picture book. The fact that it is about a loving African American family makes it even more endearing and holds a special place in our hearts. The illustrations are scrumptious! Thanks to bell hooks, I have been inspired to refer to my little one as my- honey bun chocolate dew drop- on more than one occasion!
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You can tell that bell hooks grew up with a lot of love in her family. This is another beautifully written children's book that shows all children deserve love.
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By Angela Ramos on March 3, 2015
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this is one of the best children's books ever
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