for Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
and James Ransome
Susan and her sister Sarah love to visit their Great Aunt Flossie's house each Sunday afternoon because Aunt Flossie lives in "a house crowded full of stuff and things." The sisters are particularly intrigued with Aunt Flossie's collection of hats--she has saved every hat she has ever owned and each one reminds her of a story from her past. James Ransome's elegant oil paintings move easily from the present to the past as he illustrates Aunt Flossie's stories, as well as the context in which she is telling them. A skillful use of dialogue aptly portrays a strong intergenerational relationship in an African-American family. (Ages 4-9)
CCBC Choices 1991. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1991. Used with permission.
A lyrical celebration of Black families and family history based on the author's own memories of her great-aunt, with lush illustrations by James E. Ransome.
Sunday afternoons are Sarah and Susan's favorite time of the week. That's when they visit Great-great-aunt Flossie and her memorable collection of hats--and hear her stories about days of long ago, when she was young. At times touching and poignant, laced with light humor, Aunt Flossie's stories give readers a peek into moments in Baltimore's history and a family who loves spending time together.
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