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Peeny Butter Fudge Hardcover – September 15, 2009

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PreSchool-Grade 2—When Mom leaves her three children with their exuberant Nana, they play games, hop about in potato sacks, and dance under the chandelier. They also have lunch: "Yummy, lummy. Yummy, lummy./So much happy in the tummy./Look at what our nana made us:/biscuits, ham, and lemonade-us." Their messy fun is apparent as Mom returns while they are making peanut butter fudge. This spirited African-American family is joyfully portrayed in bright oil-paint spreads. Chocolate covers their clothing, food splatters the floor, and the cat peers down from the top of the refrigerator, the freezer door open. The irregular rhymes energize the brief poems, highlighting the love displayed from generation to generation when Grandma shares the cherished family recipe. "My mother taught me,/and I taught yours./Don't ever forget how it's done,/for you will have to pass it on." A scene in which Mom recalls making the dessert when she was a child features wavy lines and muted shades of blue. The illustrations extend the narrative, adding humor and warmth to this offering.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC END

About the Author

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize–winning American author, editor, and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1993.

Slade Morrison was born in Ohio and educated in New York City. He studied art at SUNY Purchase and collaborated with his mother, Toni Morrison, on five books for children.

Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including Peeny Butter Fudge and The Tortoise or the Hare by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, What a Truly Cool World by Julius Lester, Mice and Beans by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley. Mr. Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as the Los Angeles Times; Buzz, Inc. Magazine; and Latina Magazine.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416983325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416983323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mommy was going out for the day and would be back by bedtime. She was waving at her two little girls and a boy, but they were hardly noticing because Nana was there and she was holding their hands. Nana was reading Mom's instructions that were taped to the refrigerator. Lunch, nap time, playground, to snack and then off to bed. Hmmmm, but with Nana there it might just be a little different. Everyone was in the bed snuggling up to Nana when it was time to nap. She sang a "sleepy song" as the cat watched and a breeze blew the bedroom curtain inward. Later they sat on the stairs while Nana read to them. The smiles were on everyone's faces as they imagined the story.

"Looky look, looky look,
we get to get a storybook.
Fairies, dragons everywhere.
Creepy things under the stairs.
Pots of god, a laughing mouse,
a peppermint chimney on a house."

Outside, outside! It was time for a potato sack race and Nana was in front. A pitcher and some cups were set out for when they grew tired and thirsty. Hop, hop, hop! Lunch of course was supposed to be "peas, carrot sticks, fish fingers." Maybe Nana couldn't read, thank goodness, because out came the ham and biscuits. Not a carrot to be seen. After lunch Nana was "sick" and needed lots of tending to. It was so much fun when Nana was there. On and on went the day. They were all dancing, building a puzzle, and making a BIG mess in the kitchen. Oh, oh . . . Mommy was going to be some mad when she showed up because making peeny butter fudge is MESSY!

Anyone who has ever experienced the love and caring a Nana can give their young grandchildren will fall in love with this story. It wasn't long into this story when I broke into a smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Howard on February 1, 2010
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I bought this book because my son loves this illustrator, but I am equally impressed with the sweet story (not surprising given the author!). What a great idea to include a recipe for peanut butter fudge in the back. I haven't made the recipe yet, but I am looking forward to it!
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We borrowed this book from the library and after reading it once, my child and I wanted our own copy! (ps great price on Amazon). What a cute story about 3 youngsters spending an afternoon with grandmom. Mom's headed out and that is when the fun begins. She leaves a "to do list/schedule", but of course that goes out the door when she does! The excitement includes, playing outdoors, making lunch, and of course making peeny butter fudge with grandma! (bonus...recipe included) A nostalgic reminder of all the fun we had at grandma's house. I didn't know Toni Morrison wrote children's books, and boy am I glad that she wrote this one!
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My kids first got a small, paperback version of this book in a Cheerio's box. They read it so much it completely fell apart so I knew I had to order a hard copy version. My 3 year old has the whole book memorized and both my 2 and 3 year old ask to read it all the time. Not sure exactly what the draw of the book is, but they love it.
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By Carlotah80 on December 6, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book with my daughters. Many books geared towards African-Americans have poor graphics, or a horrible story line. This one details a relationship between a grandmother and her children. The bonus is that the authors provide the recipe for the fudge described in the book.
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