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MA DEAR'S APRONS by Patricia C. McKissack


by Patricia C. McKissack & illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Age Range: 3 - 9

Pub Date: April 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-689-81051-2
Publisher: Atheneum

 McKissack's story looks at a week in the life of a turn-of- the-century African-American boy and his mother. David Earl identifies the days of the week by the color of Ma Dear's apron: Among them, Monday's is blue, with a long pocket harboring clothespins for her ironing work; a cheerful pink one for visiting the sick and shut-in on Thursday; Saturday's apron is flowered, signaling the day she sells pies at the railroad station. Sunday, blessedly, is apron-free, a ``no-work day,'' David Earl reminds her. With the aid of Cooper's paintings, McKissack gives real bite to the life of domestic workers 100 years back. This isn't a candy- coated mother-son relationship--Ma Dear is just as quick to tell David Earl ``no more buts, and stop whining,'' as she is to bestow a hug. But there's love here, cast over David Earl's life with the same uncompromising grace Ma Dear brings to all things in their lives. (Picture book. 3-9)