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Full, Full, Full of Love Hardcover – February 1, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

Cooke's (So Much) rhythmic prose hits a magical note between chant and lullaby, and her tale conveys a bone-deep understanding of how children cherish familial ties. As Jay Jay helps his grandmother prepare for the extended family's Sunday dinner, he finds a comforting, often palpable abundance everywhere he looks. Grannie herself is "soft and warm and full,/ full of hugs and kisses./ Kiss, kiss./ Hugs and cuddles." When Grannie distracts an increasingly hungry Jay Jay with a visit to her fish tank, he notices that it, too, is "full,/ full of all kinds of fishes./ Splash, splish./ Wiggle, wiggle." Howard's (The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark) artwork throughout the book has an expansive, unbuttoned feel, but the spread for this latter vignette is particularly striking: he contrasts the grandmother and grandson's warm, coffee-toned skin and soft, chocolate eyes with the tropically-hued array swimming in front of them. When dinner finally appears on the table, Cooke shifts to rhyming couplets that fairly telegraph Jay Jay's anticipation ("There were buttery peas,/ chicken and yams,/ macaroni and cheese,/ potatoes and ham"). Howard similarly turns the mouth-watering meal into a feast for the eyes. Readers will find themselves joining Jay Jay in contentedly savoring the way a gathering of loved ones feels deliciously big and complete. Ages 2-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Jay Jay is dropped off at his grandmother's house while his mother goes to pick up Dad. Grannie's house is full of love, full of food, and full of family and friends. It is also full of interesting things to do and all of the attention an active boy needs. While Grannie prepares dinner, hungry Jay Jay distracts her over and over again. Experienced and unflappable, she keeps him busy setting the table, watching the fish in the tank, and looking out the window for expected guests. When everyone arrives, a wonderful feast is set out-chicken and yams, collard greens, biscuits, and much more. The text has a catchy rhythm and lots of descriptive words. The acrylic-and-pencil illustrations bring it all home. This family resemblance is clear in the depictions of these African-American relatives. Grannie's home is attractive and everything about her is comfortable-her slippers are soft and her armchair is cushiony. Pair this book with Cathryn Falwell's Feast for 10 (Clarion, 1993) in storytime or share it with someone alone. Just don't miss it.
Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763618519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763618513
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This may sound off color, but I bought this book because all of the other children's books have Caucasian children in them, I wanted my child to know that there are children's books for everyone not just Caucasian children. This does have a nice story line to it and the pictures are enjoyable.
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This book is a great story about Sunday dinner at Grannie's house. Jay Jay's mother drops him off at Grannie's house one morning while she goes off to pick up his father. Jay Jay helps his grandmother set the table and feed her fish, but he's quite hungry. Finally, the rest of the dinner guests arrive and they sit down to enjoy a spectacular feast together. After dinner, everyone is full, happy, and tired. The book is engaging and not at all scary. It has about 500 words.
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This was the perfect baby-shower gift. My niece loves this book, she start reading the book to my little great-nephew before and after he was born. As a African-American 51 year old woman, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, back when I was expecting, I really didn't have too many books that represented African-Americans. I would have loved a like this to read to my baby and share the beautiful illustrations with her. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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It is so nice to have a book with people who look like my son and know that it as filled with love as my family is!
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My son loves this book. The illustrations are wonderful, makes you see the love in the family in an authentic way. It's well written and easy for a toddler to follow, my son has the whole book memorized and he is not even two. It's a wonderful book for babies! They love the love!
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Very sweet book with beautiful illustrations. My "almost three year old" loves it. We cuddle and hug while we read it like they do in the book. The author portrays the importance of family gathering for dinner and bonding with one another.
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My 3 year old son (almost 4) absolutely loves reading this book. He can relate to the family gatherings talked about in the book. He looks at the pictures and identifies each of the people in the book as whoever he thinks they resemble from our family. It's also been pretty easy for him to memorize the book. Great read.
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I am very happy with this book. The story is cute and simple. Has a nice rhyme scheme. My four year old niece has just started reading and may even learn a new word or two. I really enjoyed that the pictures showed things like collard greens and rice and beans. Quality material-not too flimsy for a paperback.
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