Books by Gloria Jean Pinkney

DANIEL AND THE LORD OF LIONS by Gloria Jean Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

The Old Testament story of Daniel in the lions' den is smoothly retold in this longer story for children in the early elementary grades. Pinkney's retelling focuses on Daniel's courage and strong faith, showing his growth from boyhood to slavery in Babylonia and his rise to a powerful position as a governor and protégé of the king. The author successfully conveys the depth of Daniel's faith and clearly summarizes the complex political situation in Babylonia that led to Daniel's incarceration with the lions. Casilla's full-spread illustrations in bright jewel tones create a distinct look and personality for Daniel and convey the menacing power of the snarling, prowling lions. The elision of one of the dramatic highlights of the story—when the angel appears to Daniel and shuts the lions' mouths—is supported by scripture but may be somewhat disappointing nevertheless. The lions do appear in the last pages with their mouths firmly closed, with a few exhibiting just the hint of a smile. A solid treatment, both textually and visually. (author's note) (Picture book/religion. 6-9)Read full book review >
MUSIC FROM OUR LORD’S HOLY HEAVEN by Gloria Jean Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Additional materials include a short introduction for adults by Troy Pinkney-Ragsdale and a biographical essay with family photographs by Gloria Jean Pinkney about the significance of music and religion in her life. (Nonfiction. 4-10)"
The talented Pinkney family collaborated in the creation of this inspirational collection of traditional Christian hymns and related psalms. Read full book review >
THE SUNDAY OUTING by Gloria Jean Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1994

"A welcome companion to Back Home. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In Back Home (1992), Ernestine visited an aunt and uncle down South; this book explains how that journey came to happen. Read full book review >
BACK HOME by Gloria Jean Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

In her picture-book debut, the author—as Donald Crews did in Bigmama's (1991, ALA Notable)—re-creates the childhood experience of coming from a northern city to visit relatives in the rural South. Read full book review >