THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE by E.B. Lewis

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

The well-known African-American spiritual serves as the text for this evocative interpretation, looking at one boy’s cheerful personality as a shining light in his own neighborhood. The main character, an African-American boy in a sunshine-yellow shirt, always has a smile and a friendly wave for everyone. He hugs his grandmother, waves to the neighbors, and helps an older woman who has dropped her groceries. He also befriends a lonely boy and takes him along to the neighborhood basketball court, resulting in smiles all around and an expanded circle of friends. The uplifting text complements the gentle story effectively, and though there is no major action, the point is well-made that one person with a bright attitude can light up the world for those around him. Atmospheric watercolor illustrations create a rural setting full of big trees and sun-dappled pathways, along with characters with real personalities. The musical score is included. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-689-83179-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2004




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