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 Going down home with Daddy
 Author: Lyons, Kelly Starling

 Publisher:  Peachtree (2020)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 591556 ISBN: 9781561459384
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Family reunions -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $21.36

Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.

 Illustrator: Minter, Daniel

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 503178
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 76437

 Caldecott Honor, 2020

   School Library Journal (+) (00/04/19)
   Booklist (04/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2019 Lil' Alan and his African American family arise before dawn for the drive down home to Granny's house for a reunion. They arrive to hugs from Granny, a parade of extended kin, and a quick trip around the farm on Granny's tractor. Tradition dictates that everyone contributes something to the celebration—a song, a poem, a scrapbook—but Alan agonizes, unsure what he should share. Lyons' lyrical text recounts a heartfelt story of family love, shared history, and connection to a place that binds everyone together. Minter's acrylic wash illustrations transmit a dreamy quality that conveys the deep respect family members share with one another. Blue washes are employed for the most reverent scenes, depicting dinnertime grace, memories of the now departed patriarch Pa, and Alan's heartfelt speech acknowledging the iconic elements that symbolize family for him. Also effective is Minter's use of intricately designed patterns that grace clothing, Granny's chickens, and layered images depicting cotton plants, garden areas, and a church. A tribute to families and the components that connect them. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 2–5—Inspired by the author's family heritage and traditions, this title follows an African American family as they travel "down home" for a family reunion. Lil' Alan is excited to see his extended family and visit his great-grandma and her farm but is anxious about how he might contribute to the celebration. Sis is planning to sing Granny's favorite song, and cousin Isaiah will read a poem by Langston Hughes, but what can Lil' Alan do? As he goes on a tractor ride, enjoys "love-made" family meals, attends church services, and listens to his father and other relatives share memories and ruminate on the importance of family, Lil' Alan realizes that the answer is in the precious family land, the gifts of which he uses in a heartfelt tribute to his family and its roots. Minter's illustrations, rendered in an acrylic wash, work in beautiful harmony with Lyons's joyful portrait of a deeply loving multigenerational family. Carefully layered images, patterns, and textures reinforce the narrative links between family history, American history, ancestral land and nature, and the bonds of family: "When we go down home with Daddy, everything we see holds a piece of him and us." VERDICT Readers will enjoy this moving celebration of familial love, history, and tradition. Highly recommended.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Elkins Park, PA - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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