GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY by Kelly Starling Lyons
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GOING DOWN HOME WITH DADDY

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Age Range: 4 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young boy ponders the perfect tribute to his great-grandma for their annual family reunion.

This year everyone’s prepared something special for Granny’s anniversary celebration “down home”—everyone except Lil Alan. As he considers what to give, Lil Alan’s weekend is marked by memories connected to the land and his family, those who are still alive and ancestors that have passed on. Ultimately, he gifts an object lesson that emphasizes the legacy of love that brings them together as a “mighty family.” Imagery is presented in marvelous metaphors (“I watch as we drive from city streets to flowing highways under a sweep of sparkling stars”), while lighthearted ribbing (“ ‘Got a head just like your daddy,’ Uncle Jay teases me”) and soul food ( “smoked turkey, mac and cheese, okra and tomatoes, and biscuits oozing mayhaw jelly”—yum) set the scene for a celebration of myriad African-American and family traditions. Minter’s acrylic-wash prints soar as stenciled cotton bolls, okra, and pecans dot the pages alongside images of family members in sepia and blue-black hues. One striking spread details silhouettes of Lil Alan, Sis, and Momma layered on top of one another, same eyes, lips, and textured hair and same reunion T-shirt imprinted with a simple, familiar, deeply rooted tree.

A warm, loving, necessary reminder of the power in families coming together. (Picture book. 4-11)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-56145-938-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2019




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