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Knoxville, Tennessee Library Binding – February, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

Giovanni's brief poem about summertime in the rural South makes for a sunny picture book. An African American girl moves like a gentle breeze through Johnson's lush and warmly lit oil paintings as she describes and partakes of such seasonal fare as fresh sweet corn, homemade ice cream and "lots of barbecue and buttermilk." The very short text here forces a reliance on mood and tone, with great success. The renowned poet's vivid writing features a graceful use of universal images and emotions that may stir the reader's memories. Johnson's artwork extends Giovanni's words, depicting verdant fields in crisp contrast to white houses and dresses. A church picnic never looked so tasty. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Opulent double-spread paintings provide a bold setting for a simple poem. Giovanni remembers a Knoxville, Tennessee summer in all its touching, tasty, feel-good glory as she tells of a young black girl eating produce fresh from her daddy's garden, listening to the church choir, and spending loving time with her grandma. Many of Johnson's illustrations have the soft-focus blur of distant memory-memories that are perhaps most powerful for members of this Tennessee community, but the pure pleasures of family, neighbors, and summer have universal appeal. Though some children may be less familiar with okra and buttermilk, they're sure to relate to the ice cream, bare feet, and a grandmother's hugs. A good choice for bedtime or gentle sharing, this book could also prove useful in a variety of educational settings.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Trade (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590470744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590470742
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,659,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 18, 1998
Format: Library Binding
simplicity evocative of simple roots and candidly focused as thru a child's perception, masses of color infuse work with enormous strength of statement. composition redolent of A. Wyeth's dynamism,executed with a flatness approaching Braque: an artistic tour de force.
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