Big Meeting

by Dee Parmer Woodtor and Dolores Johnson

"It happens the third week of August, in some places the second, when people get... read more

"It happens the third week of August, in some places the second, when people get together Down Home." Extended families from most heritages hold regular family gatherings, but reunions have particular significance for many African-American families. Readers are reminded of or introduced to this special experience through one family's visit Down Home, "a place to run free" according to the young narrator. Grandma Bessie's place and the Little Bethel A.M.E. Church serve as the geographic locales for Down Home family events rich in emotion and memory. Johnson's characters have distinctive faces and great body language. Her etchings and aquatints with watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are wonderfully effective in this warm story celebrating and elevating small, happy moments in a conscious echo of the mid-20th century. (Ages 3-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

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