Going Down Home With Daddy
ISBN: 1561459380
EAN13: 9781561459384
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 1, 2019
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 0.31496" H x 10.98423" L x 8.50392" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Set at one young boy's annual family reunion, this Caldecott Honor-winning picture book by Kelly Starling Lyons and Daniel Minter is a rich and moving celebration of Black history, culture, and the power of family traditions.

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Best Children's Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library

★A warm, loving, necessary reminder of the power in families coming together. --Kirkus Reviews, STARED REVIEW

On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home.

Down home is Granny's house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will gather with great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to their family history. All the kids have to decide what they'll share, but what will Lil Alan do?

Kelly Starling Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of history and family traditions, and stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor- and Caldecott Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multi-generational family.

Discussion Guide and Teacher's Guide available.

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   The children loved it
Bought for my daughter, who is a pre-school teacher for African American children. Wish it had been around when my children were younger!
   Can't see both pages at the same time
However, this is a beautiful book, and as a viewer you can not see both the pages at once. We are a school library and it was very annoying not being able to show the whole page spread to students.
   Amazing story and illustrations
Kelly's book made me remember good times growing up and gave me hope for the future at the same time.
   Elegance at its best
The esquisive narrative is elegant. The words roll off my tongue and appear like a lullaby, lines such as I see as we drive from city streets to sparkling highways under a sweep of sparkling stars, or I fall into a cloud of worry and wake up to some rays tickling my face. It is lines like these that create a spellbinding for the reader. The story is simple and sweet of the family, tradition full and sweet.
   Kindle Version doesn't have Double-Page spread capacity
The vast majority of this book is in two-sided covers, and the Kindle version of this book does not allow this to happen. It will display only one line at a time, even on the desktop version, where activating the double-page spread is an option. It fully undermines the magic of the Caldecott-winning art. I would not recommend the Kindle version of this book to anyone, as the important visual imagery, which is so important to the story, is completely overlooked. This is a problem on all Amazon Kindle readers -- you can not change the pagination. I would have expected better for a multi-billion company.
   An educator's gem
As an educator, we are always looking for books that have a great story line, but can also relate to several lessons, and this book is it. The students have really lost a love of reading and we are trying to find ways to get it back. This book is filled with descriptive language, students can make predictions, make connections, and build up background knowledge about history. Kelly Starling Lyon, thank you for this book, is an awesome find.