HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD by Alice Faye Duncan

HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

The use of oils on gessoed paper makes for extraordinarily rich painting, and Keeter’s double-paged, full-bleed, beautifully colored illustrations have a delicious power. A mother and her son fill these pages, usually in tight close-up, while the mom cuddles her little one, feeds him, takes him out to run in the grass and play patty-cake. Mom, with her gold jewelry, corn-rows, and open, smiling face is as beautiful as her bright-eyed little one—who appears to be about one or two—is cute. And what does she say? What all moms say, crooning a maternal love song: “Sugar Child, / Sweet Puddin’ ’n’ Pie, / Lord knows / it’s true what I say. . . . You the star in my crown. / You the joy in my smile. / You the angel in my dreams.” This paean to maternal heart’s delight is couched in lilting language with a touch of black or Southern intonation, excellent for reading aloud and rocking along. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-84678-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2004




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