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TWO MRS. GIBSONS by Toyomi Igus


by Toyomi Igus & illustrated by Daryl Wells

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-89239-135-9
Publisher: Children's Book Press

In alternating passages, a young girl tells about two women she knew in her past, one an elderly African-American, the other a younger Japanese. Both of them are named Mrs. Gibson, and with each turn of the page, the suspense builds: Exactly who are these women? Even if older readers guess, younger readers will have the satisfaction of discovering that the narrator has been describing her Japanese mother and her African-American grandmother, Nanny, pointing out the differences in their cultures, yet showing the commonality of their love toward the girl. With a reassuring repetitive structure, this gentle book is both a memoir about Igus's real relatives and an understated tribute to the ability of people from widely different cultures to live together. Wells's colorful pictures have a matching warmth of spirit, along with an awkwardness of figure and perspective that gives them the look of folk art. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)