KEEPERS by Jeri Hanel Watts


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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 As in Naturi Thomas's Uh-oh! It's Mama's Birthday (p. 388), a boy's good intentions are at the center of this oft-used plot of a youth who sets off to buy a gift, only to purchase something for himself instead. Kenyon finds himself in a dilemma after spending the money for his grandmother's 90th birthday gift on a new baseball glove. Realizing his mistake, he thinks hard about giving Little Dolly something that does not cost money, and puts together a book of his grandmother's much vaunted stories (none of which are recounted here). In doing so, he becomes the next ``Keeper'' of tales, an honor usually reserved for women in the family. Learning from one's mistakes is the message; readers will have to overlook the fact that the baseball-loving Kenyon gains the coveted mitt for himself in the process. The acrylic illustrations are reminiscent of James Ransome's early work; some awkward perspectives detract from the mostly effective compositions, but one scene--an aerial view of Kenyon stretched out on the floor on his stomach, the marshmallow undersides of his sneakers exposed--is quite unique. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-880000-58-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1997


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